Crane Accidents

Tower Crane Failure

08/24/15

Bavaria, Germany

A tower crane broke in two on Friday, landing on a house under construction in the town of Kreuth –Plötzlich, Southern Bavaria, in Germany.

The tower of aging self-erecting crane – which has a two section tower and a jib of around 25 meters – appears to have fractured just above the lower supports. The local fire service has indicated that metal fatigue almost certainly played a role in the failure.

Thankfully no was injured in the incident and damage was restricted to the new building. Removing the crane proved a challenge and the emergency services called on a local crane rental company to assist.

Tower Crane Failure 8-28-2015 3-38-56 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The crane tower sheared just above its supports

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