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No Injuries Reported in Motiva Crane Incident


Port Arthur, Texas Update: The Bechtel Corporation, contractor at the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery, is investigating a crane accident that occurred at the refinery on Tuesday, Jan. 4, said spokeswoman Michelle Allen. A boom was damaged in the accident, but the crane did not fall over, Allen said. She said Read More

Crane Collapses Onto House in Hanoi

Tower Crane Collapse Hanoir Vietnam 2010

Vietnam A 20-meter section of a crane being used to build a nine-storey building on Thai Ha Street, Hanoi broke suddenly on March 22 and crashed onto a house next door. No one was injured in the incident. The crane broke at a height of seven-story off the ground, causing Read More

Crane Flips in Chandler Neighborhood, 1 Injured

Crane Flips Chandler, Arizona 2010

Chandler, Arizona A construction crane flipped over Friday afternoon in a Chandler neighborhood. Officials said the crane tipped about 1 p.m. on a residential street near Alma School and Ray Road. The crane was being used to remove three large trees from the yard of a home. That’s when the 100-foot arm snapped, causing the crane to Read More

Crane Boom Collapses; No Injuries Reported


Casper, Wyoming A crane boom collapsed near the intersection of East Second and McKinley streets on Monday afternoon. No injuries and no extensive property damage were reported, said Lee Watts, safety manager for Energy Transportation Inc. A small utility shed located behind a business was destroyed in the crane’s fall, Read More

Crane Accident Could Cost Millions

Tower Crane Boom Collapse West Australia 2010

Australia A tower crane accident yesterday in Western Australia at the Worsley Alumina Refinery, one of the world’s largest and most efficient plants, is reported to have caused millions of dollars of damage or disruption. The Favelle Favco heavy duty luffing tower crane, owned by by Marr’s Contracting was apparently Read More

Crane Collapses, Blocking North State Road

100 Foot Crane Collapses - Readding, California 2010

Redding, California There was a close call in Redding Monday afternoon, when a 100-foot crane collapsed near a busy road, blocking the Cypress Avenue bridge. The accident happened 1:45 Monday afternoon, forcing the closure of Cypress Avenue from Athens to Hartnell. It blocked both lanes of the Cypress Avenue bridge Read More

Swiss Crane Dismantle Finds Stabilty Limit

Crane Dismantle Accident Switzerland 2009

Basel, Switzerland A Wolff tower crane jib, apparently being dismantled, was dropped due to stability problems with the mobile crane. The Tower crane jib will be a total loss, as well as the mobile crane boom and luffing jib. One woman was injured. It sounds as if she was in Read More

Crane Collapse in Milan

Large Mobile Crane Collapses in Milan 2009

Milan A large mobile crane collapsed in central Milan on Saturday thankfully there were no injuries.   The crane, believed to be a 500 tonne Krupp KMK 8500, (The design was a modified Gottwald AMK – the company was acquired by Krupp in 1988 this unit is possibly a 1989 Read More

Museum’s Oil Rig Crane Falls and Sinks Vessel


Galveston, Texas A towing vessel that was hit by a falling crane boom from the Ocean Star Drilling Rig and Museum sank at the Port of Galveston, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said Thursday. A salvage operation was under way following the 3:45 p.m. Wednesday sinking of the 40-foot Jerry Read More

No Serious Injuries in Wyo Crane Accident


Gillette, Wyoming Officials say there were no serious injuries in a crane accident at the Dry Fork power plant construction site in Campbell County. Basin Electric Construction Manager Tom Stalcup says a crane boom broke Monday morning while working on a coal silo east of the Dry Fork mine. He Read More

I-985 Work Delayed Because of Crane Malfunction


Gainesville, Georgia Overnight work on Mundy Mill Road at Interstate 985 has been delayed because of problems with a crane used to lift bridge beams. The boom on the crane collapsed during work overnight Wednesday, said Erica Fatima, the state Department of Transportation’s deputy press secretary. The operator was able Read More

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