Sunday, June 15, 2008

A Second Crane Incident in Dallas

A Second Crane Incident

Here we go with another case of the "Construction Crane Fever!" It seems as there is a vast virus going around the country that I call "Crane Fever!" There seems to be a huge number of crane Tip Overs, Boom Failures, Cables Snapping, Load Drops, and Tower Cranes Coming Apart all over.

The article below from Injury notes that a cable fitting came apart. I don't have all the facts, but it seems like a Pendant Line has broken. According to several Crane Inspection and Training businesses, pendants should be replaced at certain time periods. A "Fail Safe Test must be made at certain times." Was this done? I don't know. But, this can be a real problem, especially when a crane is booming up from ground level.

Another Crane Accident Injures 3 Workers At New Cowboys StadiumJune 13, 2008 - 05:16 PM
Category: Workplace Injuries
Tags: Crane Accident
Posted by: Scott Kappes

A crane accident at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium Thursday left tree men injured after they were force to jump from a crane cab to avoid equipment and cables falling from another crane. One worker was taken by CareFlite helicopter to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and the other two were transported to the same location by ambulance. This accident comes just one day after a crane accident near downtown Dallas killed one worker.

Thursday's accident happened about 2 p.m. between the stadium's dual arches just outside the northeast end zone. The workers were assembling a crane when a cable connector "failed" on the erecting crane, which allowed the cables and some other parts to fall, according to a written statement from Manhattan Construction.

Highly publicized crane accidents in New York and Miami claimed nine lives earlier this year and this is the second crane accident in the Dallas area in as many days. This is simply unacceptable. Something must be done to ensure that crane safety improves drastically in the near future.

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