Crane Accidents

Another Metro Crane Accident in India

08/30/10

India

Construction Crane Tips Injuring None Damaging None India 2010A tractor crane working on the Bangalore Metro site in India, tipped over yesterday, narrowly missing a fully loaded car.

The car was taking a Mr Chandrashekhar and 10 members of his family to a religious ceremony when the crane’s boom came down right in front of the passing car, while the hoist cables struck the vehicle’s windscreen.

Amazingly no one was hurt and the car was only moderately damaged.

The 12 tonne Hydra crane built by ACE, reportedly lifting a two tonne concrete pile, when the ground under its front wheels subsided causing it to tip over sideways with the three section boom dropping across the busy road.

Officials from the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation immediately blamed the incident on operator negligence and the fact that heavy rains had made the ground soft.

Ram Tekker, chief engineer on the project said: “The hydra was lifting cement pile. The workers had not fixed the jack properly. The soil was loose as it had rained. The hydra turned to its left and fell on the road seconds after it started lifting a cement pile.”

“Usually, the hydra can lift weight up to 12 tonnes, but it turned turtle while lifting a cement pile of just two tonnes.”

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