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Crane Accident, Cleburne, Texas, March 2009

Jun 17, 09 • Uncategorized1 Comment

A crane accident occurred in Cleburne, Texas when an operator was injured when the boom collapsed, landing on top of the cab. The RT crane was hoisting a generator onto a trailer when the accident occurred. “as the operator was doing that, there was a catastrophic failure of the crane” the fire chief said. The operator suffered neck, back, and shoulder injuries.-Star Telegram

Always remember – safety first!

Tippett Out, Crawford In

Jun 12, 09 • Local News, Uncategorized2 Comments

New General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk fired Dallas Stars coach Dave Tippett and hired Marc Crawford. Crawford quoted the late Tom Landry saying “If I have to push people, I’ll push people.

This means that  Texas Rangers Coach Ron Washington now has the longest tenure as a local head coach.  All eyes will now be on the Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Wade Phillips to see what he can do this year. All indications lead to the Super Bowl or bust…..

New Cowboys Stadium Opens

Jun 5, 09 • Local NewsComments Off on New Cowboys Stadium Opens

6/6/09

George Strait, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, and Julianne Hough will open the brand new Cowboys Stadium Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. The $1.1 Billion Stadium built as the home of the Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic seats 80,000 and has the capacity to expand to 100,000. It includes 300 luxury suite and is the largest, most technologically advanced sports and entertainment venue in the world.

The stadium will also host the 2011 Super Bowl, 2010 NBA All-Star Game and 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four.

 

Reunion Arena Demolition

Local news sources reported that the well known Reunion Arena demoliton project is under way.  Since the completion of the new American Airlines Center, the old arena has lost serveral million dollars and the city has decided to tear it down.

10 Famous Crane Collapses of Modern Times

May 13, 09 • Cranes, Uncategorized2 Comments

Crane disasters have become quite prevalent in the world as the expectations for rapid urban development have increased globally. Bigger building, bigger projects, and exploding payrolls for the biggest construction companies have attracted a glut of workers, trained and untrained, to build these projects. No matter how much time is dedicated to safety accidents and crane collapses will happen.

1. “Big Blue” – Milwaukee, WI 1999

The larger the equipment that is used the larger the accident that can happen. On a frigid afternoon in July of 1999 occurred the crane accident of all crane accidents. A 567-foot crane in use had its own name, and to this day the accident is still referred to as “Big Blue”.

Crane operators working on the Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI were moving the largest piece of rooftop for the stadium, estimated at 423 tons. When it collapsed, it did so in dramatic fashion with numerous injuries and three fatalities. The wind was blamed eventually for the collapse at gusts of up to 35 mph.

2.  Boston, MA 2006


Many construction accidents happen in construction zones, but sometimes they happen in the middle of a city. This is exactly what happened downtown Boston during April, 2006. At 10 ton construction platform plummeted 13 stories onto the traffic below instantly killing three people. The scaffolding in question was not a crane of any sort, but it deserves a spot on this list.

Crane Accident in Boston: April, 2006

Crane Accident in Boston: April, 2006

 

3.  Battersea, England 2006


One neighborhood saw destruction in Battersea, England in September of 2006. A crane collapsed onto a group of houses and car-park killing two people.

Crane collapse in Battersea kills Two

Crane collapse in Battersea kills Two

 

4.  Bellevue, WA 2006


Accidents seem to happen when we least expect them. In November 2006 in Bellevue, Washington, A crane operator was shutting down his crane to go home for the day. Witnesses reported hearing a loud crack sound right before the crane toppled on the surrounding condos. One man was killed sitting in his home.

Bellevue, Washington 2006

Bellevue, Washington 2006

 

5.  New York, NY 2007


Yet another New York, New York accident happened in December 2007 when the lifting sling of a crane snapped. A load of roughly seven tons dropped 13 stories. Luckily, only one worker was injured, and no one lost their life.

Crane Accident: New York 2007

Crane Accident: New York 2007

 

6.  New York, NY 2008

Seven people died in the deadliest crane accident in March 2008. A crane towering over 200 feet in the air crashed into a couple of buildings and wiped out a townhouse completely. This accident marked the worst single death toll by a crane in New York City, New York history. The disaster was a sobering moment for the city as it was two days away from its annual St Patrick’s Day celebration.

7.  Miami, FL 2008

March 2008 was a bad month for cranes. While New York was still reeling from its string of accidents Miami, FL was poised for its own tragedy. The crane that was helping to build a 46 story skyscraper Biscayne Bay suddenly lurched towards a home below crushing two workers and injuring five more. The force was so strong that onlookers described it as if an earthquake had struck the bay.

8.  New York, NY 2008

New York City, New York seems to be a bastion for construction accidents and May of 2008 was no different. The same construction site had received at least one previous safety violation along with numerous complaints from members of the community. From a height of 20 stories, one crane dropped towards the site below crushing two crew members.

9.  Houston, TX 2008

A giant tower crane capable of lifting thousands of tons made its home at an oil refinery in Houston, Texas. This particular crane found itself instantly destroyed before it had even completed being put together. During July of 2008, during the actual assembly of the crane itself, the crane snapped of at its base, smashing cars, cracking asphalt, and taking four people with it.

10.  Cai Lan, Vietnam 2008

July 2008 was a tragic day in the port of Cai Lan, Vietnam. Seven workers were killed and six were injured badly. It is impossible to tell the tale of all the crane accidents that have happened in modern times. This list covers some of the more famous ones. It also gives an idea of the many mishaps that can lead to costly and usually fatal accidents.

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