January 2022 Accidents Report

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Fatal crane incident Mumbai

This article was originally published on January 17, 2022 on Vertikal.net.

crane fell over in Mumbai

A 500 tonne crane overturned while lifting a concrete bridge section into position this weekend on the Mumbai metro line in Kanjurmarg, North East Mumbai, killing the operator.

According to a report we have received along with a photo, the crane – a Sany All Terrain – overturned with its outriggers sunk into the ground while conducting a tandem lift. We have been unable to fully verify all of the details of the report, while the photo sent with it does not shed much light on the subject.

The crane operator, Lovedeep Ravindra Singh, 35, was working for the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority and was trapped in his cab. Once rescued he was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead.

Crane failure’s impact on construction schedule unknown

This article is reprinted from The Daily Sentinel, published on January 21, 2022. By SAM KLOMHAUS Sam.Klomhaus@gjsentinel.com

crane tipped over onto stadium construction site

It’s too early to tell how exactly the timetable for the Lincoln Park stadium renovation project will be impacted after a crane fell over and damaged the project, but officials are still hoping the work will be completed in time for the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.

No one was injured, but photos of the toppled crane show several steel beams had buckled under the weight of the fallen crane, which rested on top of one of the dugouts at Suplizio Field.

“Damaged is an understatement — mangled,” stadium improvement committee chair Bruce Hill said Thursday.

Hill said after a construction update Thursday morning he wouldn’t go as far as to say people are optimistic the project will finish on time, but the contractor believes if everything is executed correctly, the project can still be completed as scheduled, before the Junior College World Series.

Officials had previously been aiming for a May 9 completion date for the project. JUCO is slated to start May 28.

However, Hill said, there is currently a backlog ordering steel, which could pose a problem. Hill said there might be a way around that, though.

More should be known early next week, Hill said. The contractor needs time to secure the site and assess what needs to be replaced.

JUCO World Series Chairman Jamie Hamilton said Thursday he hopes the project is completed by the time JUCO rolls around, and that he expects the community will rally around the project and any obstacles.

A statement from contractor Shaw Construction Thursday morning read: “At approximately 3:00 p.m. the Steel Erector experienced a crane failure. All appropriate safety precautions were in place for this type of work and fortunately there were no injuries. The project team and our partners are conducting an initial investigation and working towards an efficient resolution to this incident.”

City of Grand Junction officials said they could not give out any more information other than the statement from Shaw.

Shaw Construction did not return a message seeking comment Thursday.

“It’s a commercial construction site, things happen,” Hill said. “I don’t think you ever anticipate an accident. We’re super thankful that no one was hurt.”

“It’s kind of like building a model with your kids and you get up and step on it, and it’s like ‘oh no,’” Hill said.

Construction began in September for the $10.5 million project, which includes improvements to both Stocker Stadium and Suplizio Field.

Shaw had been making good progress prior to the incident, Hill said.

“We’ve got a good contractor that’s providing the steel and installation,” Hill said.

Scissor Lift Overturn

This article was originally published on January 06, 2022 on Vertikal.net.

Photo courtesy South County Fire

A man was injured on Tuesday when the scissor lift he was using overturned in Edmonds, to the north of Seattle in Washington state.

The man an employee of a contractor work at the town’s wastewater treatment plant was using a Genie 3232 at a height of about six to seven metres when somehow, it went over. The scissor stack landed on a temporary deck and floor mounted props preventing the platform from reaching the ground and breaking its fall. We understand that the man was thrown the last two metres to the ground.

Firefighters struggled to reach him because the stairs to the area where he had fallen were blocked by scaffolding. They therefore used rope and basket system to bring him up. The man was taken to hospital with moderate injuries.

What caused the overturn is unknown. However this sort of incident is usually the result of an overhead crane running into the side of the scissor lift. The treatment plant has been working on a carbon capture replacement for an aging incinerator which burns the solids extracted from the waste water.

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