Heavy Lift Specialist
Feb 222014
 

The containership Svendborg Maersk faced particularly nasty weather last week as she sailed through the Bay of Biscay on her way to Colombo, Sri Lanka resulting in disastrous consequences. Limping into the port of Malaga, Spain on Monday, 520 containers had been lost from the deck of the ship.

The total number of lost containers turned out to be even worse than we feared,” commented Palle Laursen, Vice President of Operations, Maersk Line. ”We will now carefully examine our procedures to see if they need correction in order to avoid similar incidents in the future.

Photo : P.Canela

Photo : P.Canela

As of now we remain focused on supporting our vessel crew and are dedicated to getting correct information about lost or delayed cargo to our customers and ultimately get the ship back in service as soon as possible” Continue reading “Maersk Line: Loss of Containers “Worse than Feared”” »

Feb 102014
 

A man died at the Arena de Amazonia football stadium in Manaus, Brazil last Friday following an incident that occurred while dismantling a crane.

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The scene at the Arena de Amazonia football stadium following the incident

The scene at the Arena de Amazonia football stadium following the incident

Antonio Jose Pita Martins, 55, an employee of Portugese metal construction company Martifer, was dismantling a crane being used to install the World Cup stadium’s roof when he was reportedly struck by a falling metal object. He was taken to hospital after sustaining injuries to his head and chest but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries.  Continue reading “Another World Cup fatality” »

Feb 082014
 

An All Terrain crane slipped off the road near Nantes, in France on Wednesday causing a road closure and a cut to the the local electricity supply.

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An All Terrain crane slipped off the road near Nantes, in France on Wednesday causing a road closure and a cut to the the local electricity supply.

The crane slipped off the road into a ditch and embankment

The crane a five axle Liebherr from Mediaco’s depot in Nantes was travelling along the D 744 between Moncoutant and Cerizay to the south east of the city, when it ended up in a ditch and resting against an embankment. Thankfully no one was injured in the incident.

Two larger cranes were sent out from the branch to rescue the stricken machine, which also required the overhead power lines to be cut off, and all was cleared up by mid-morning yesterday. SOURCE: Vertikal.net

Feb 072014
 

Alex Harrison, managing director of London Offshore Consultants (Australia) recounts a near death experience at sea 

Alex Harrison 038-07-02-2014aI suppose it was a number of hair-raising job experiences that actually resulted in me joining London Offshore Consultants. Probably most hair-raising was nearly drowning on board a bulk cargo ship when I was 23.

It was en route from Fujairah to Singapore and I was working as a ship surveyor performing steel condition assessments. I was with a colleague and we were sureying an aft peak ballast tank that had been drained to allow us inside. The stern shaft, which passed through the lower aft peak space, was rotating throughout and the Chief Engineer was obviously keen to flood the tank again to make sure the temperatures didn’t go critical as we were underway at sea.

Also, It was a tight space and required a lot of wiggling and squeezing through small holes and around bends to get to the furthest reaches of the tank. There was an able-bodied – although as it turned out, not very able-brained – seaman at the access hatch for us, and he was supposed to stay and advise the Bosun once we were out. But after a while, and unbeknown to us, he decided it was teatime and wandered off. Continue reading “30 seconds from death: Make Safety Personal!!!” »

Jan 262014
 

Another Jost tower crane jib collapsed yesterday on a building under construction in Croydon, London during a storm.

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The crane is working on a new tower block, known as the IYLO building. The 20 storey building has stood unfinished for some time and is planned to provide low cost homes.

The scene the following morning

The scene the following morning

The damage to the building was relatively light

The damage to the building was relatively light

Continue reading “Another jib failure in London” »

Jan 162014
 

One man died and another was injured when a crawler crane overturned at a metro construction site in Saidapet, Chennai, India today.

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Chennai

The overturned crane

The overturned crane

The 70 tonne crane was said to be lifting a 22 tonne counterweight and was slewing to load it onto a trailer when it overturned. The boom landed on welder Ranjith Biswal, 20, killing him outright, while Tira Nayak, 19, was trapped by his leg and was taken to hospital with a serious fracture which has resulted in the leg being amputated.

Work has been suspended while an investigation looks into the cause for the incident, the crane operator aged 34, has been charged along with the crane supervisor. The contractor involved is Gammon, which has said that the crane was in good working order and that it is co-operating with the investigation. Continue reading “Fatal crane incident Chennai Metro” »

Jan 102014
 

INVESTIGATION OF THE SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 COLLAPSE OF A MOBILE CRANE AT THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL SITE IN NORTHWEST WASHINGTON, DC

This report was prepared by
Scott Jin, Ph.D., P.E.
Mohammad Ayub, P.E., S.E.
Directorate of Construction
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (click on the link for the full report)

2012_r_02_cover1. INTRODUCTION

On September 7, 2011, at approximately 11:00 a.m., a 500-ton Liebherr mobile crane suddenly collapsed at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., amid thunderstorms and heavy rain. The crane’s telescopic boom was 152 ft. and the attached lattice jib was 276 ft. long. The crane had been working on securing the cathedral building after recent earthquake damage. The crane tipped, overturned and fell its full length along the South Road, on the south side of the building. It damaged three parked vehicles and a historic Herb Cottage. The collapse was of a catastrophic nature but fortunately did not result in any fatalities. The crane operator sustained some non-life threatening injuries.

2012_r_02_fig6Personnel from the Baltimore/Washington, DC Area Office (BWAO) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) arrived at the scene within hours of the incident. The OSHA investigation began soon after the collapse and included interviewing witnesses, taking photographs and requesting technical information from the general contractor. Continue reading “Investigation of COLLAPSE OF A MOBILE CRANE AT THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL SITE IN NORTHWEST WASHINGTON, DC” »

Jan 042014
 

A boom truck lifting roof trusses overturned onto a partially built house in the Plum area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, yesterday.

The crane was set up OK and the ground held firm in spite of the absence of mats.

The crane was set up OK and the ground held firm in spite of the absence of mats.

The crane was set up OK and the ground held firm in spite of the absence of mats.

No one was injured or hurt in the incident, it is clear from the photos – and confirmed by the emergency services - that the overturn was caused by a simple overload, taking too many roof trusses too far out for the size of the crane, a National Crane owned and operated by Charles Hunter Crane Service. Continue reading “Boom truck Pittsburgh overturns, due to overload” »

Jan 042014
 

A crane overturned this morning in Phuket City, Thailand, cutting off a high voltage power line, but it is hard to see exactly what happened.

The overturned crane

The overturned crane

The crane a 25 tonne Tadano Rough Terrain/city crane owned by Phuket Kritichai, was on tyres and had its boom raised to around 35 degrees when it overturned in a shallow road side ditch/embankment alongside a main road.

The crane is recovered

The crane is recovered

 

 

 

 

 

A  second crane was quickly brought in to recover the fallen crane and power restored. Thankfully and surprisingly no one was injured in the incident. It could have been so much worse, given that it went over during the morning rush hour and that the boom fell into the road.

And placed back on the road

And placed back on the road

Continue reading “Crane overturns in Phuket” »

Dec 152013
 

During lifting operations, while salvaging a German Mine hunter, which sank during WW2, the Sheerlegs collapsed.

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The Sheerlegs BERGSE MAAS lifting a part of a German minehunter which sank in the Veerse meer ( The Netherlands) Photo: Hans van der Linden….www.aerolin.nl….. @Aerolin Photo BV ©

The floating sheerleg BERGSE MAAS which was lifting ( see above) December 9th at the Veerse Meer in The Netherlands the second part of the engine room of the German minehunter MFP-920-DM , Continue reading “SHEERLEGS BERGSE MAAS COLLAPSED” »

Dec 042013
 

No mats under the outrigger and there you go!!

It looks as though an outrigger might have sunk/punched through the road surface

It looks as though an outrigger might have sunk/punched through the road surface

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A self-erecting mobile tower crane has gone over in a shopping street in Nieuwegein, on the south side of Utrecht in the Netherlands, no one is hurt and damage is relatively minor.

As expected the cause of the overturn was down to ground conditions and not spreading the load enough

As expected the cause of the overturn was down to ground conditions and not spreading the load enough

It looks as though an outrigger might have sunk/punched through the road surface.

The incident occurred just before 8:00 this morning and thankfully the operator was on the ground, and not in the elevating operators cab. He was apparently in the process of lifting materials onto the roof at the time.  Continue reading “Mobile tower crane over in Netherlands” »

Nov 272013
 

Official answer from Liebherr on the  possible cause of this tragic incident

Crane AccidentSaoPaulo02I received the below quote message:
Good evening Mr. Krabbendam,
Liebherr-Werk Gmbh of Ehingen, Germany are to be congratulated for producing an Interimand a Final Report into this Fatal Incident in Brazil on Wednesday 27th November 2013.
So these Two Reports are worthy of further analysis. This particular Liebherr LR11350 Crawler Crane was rigged as a Suspended Derrick Boom (SDB) with 102m Main Boom and 42m Back Boom. This model of Crawler Crane is an excellent machine and very safe too with its exemplary LICCON control system. However as this Fatal Incident confirms, even a safe crane can be overturned by the application of an Unsafe System of Work. Please allow me to explain…….
1. The Final Liebherr Report confirms that the LICCON Data Logger had not worked correctly since November 2012.
2. The Track Loading calculations showed a mass of circa 2185 tonnes Gross Crane Weight and a force of circa 39.02 Tonnes per Square Metre (Tm2) applied to the ground through each of Two Tracks. Yet this very high imposed load of 39.02 Tm2 was not spread over a wider area by the Application of Steel or Hardwood Mats under the Tracks. All of which was necessary due to the ground not being sufficiently stable, as a result of Heavy Rain in previous days.
3. The Ground then gave way under the Tracks while this LR11350 Crane was travelled forward with a 420t Load suspended on the Hook. When the ground subsided, the Crane inclined out of vertical, which then caused massive overloading of Safety Critical Components such as the Boom Foot Pin Brackets. As a result the entire Crane suffered a catastrophic collapse .
Therefore as no-one else will speak up for these Two Dead Men, I will and what motivates me to do so is this. An accident is only an ‘Accident’ if it is ‘Accidental’,  but to be ‘Accidental’ it must be Not-Foreseeable, like Lightning. Yet here we have a high capacity Crawler Crane Travelling forward on Rain Soaked Soft Ground, with a 420t load on the Hook at the end of a 102m Boom, so the leveraged forces on the Boom Foot Pins must have been multiplied many times over. We dont know what these loadings actually were because the LICCON Data Logger had not been working since November 2012. So by any standard this Fatal Incident can never be called an ‘Accident’ as it was not Accidental, in fact this series of factors was entirely foreseeable for any Director who cared to look, with the end result being Two Fatalities.
My Learned Friends at the World Crane Summit (WCS) in Amsterdam on Tuesday & Wednesday 29th and 30th October 2013 will confirm that one of the best presentations by far on Crane Safety, concluded that most ” Fatal Incidents are as a result of Human Error ”  with which I entirely concur. But that then raises the Question of Whose Human Error led to the Two Men Killed by this Crane in Brazil on Wednesday 27th November 2013 ?
So on 1st January 2014 I wrote a letter to Mr Marcelo Odebrecht the CEO of Oderbrech Construction of Brazil, no reply was recieved. This is now followed with second letter submitting the following additional questions….
4. Which Director authorised the use of this LR11350 Crane without the LICCON Data Logger working correctly since November 2012 ?
5. Which Director authorised the R.A.M.S. and Lift Plan for this Crane rigged as SDB, moreover did this series of Lift & Travel movements match the Lift Plan(s) ?
6. Which Director authorised the use of this Crane without Steel or Hardwood Mats under the Tracks, while travelling forward with a 420t load on the Hook ?
In conclusion, whenever I speak to Snr Executives in the Construction Industry, I get responses like  The Construction Industry is a Dangerous Place to Work”. Which it certainly is with Unsafe Systems of Work like scenario above. So as Worker Safety is my Core Value it is my further submission that the 8 Men and 2 Women Killed by Cranes or Lifting Operations in the 110 days since the excellent WCS in Amsterdam, requires the Construction Industry to completely Re-Evaluate how it manages Crane Safety in the future. Because what occured in Brazil on 27th November 2013 was entirely preventable and foreseeable, moreoverit was a Failure of Infrastructure, a Failure of Maintenance and a Failure of Management : Not my words but those of Barrister Sir Anthony Hidden QC after he found near identical circumstances, after Investigating another Preventable Human Disaster, namely the Croydon Train Crash in London on 12th December 1988.
As I have First Hand Experience of a Crane Induced Fatality, may I offer my Personal Condolences to the Family and Children of these Two Dead Men, as I too felt your pain. RIP.
Finally and in closing the Construction Industry Worldwide now needs to completely Re-Evaluate how it manages Crane Safety for the Future, based upon Tried and Tested Industry Standards like The LOLER Regulations 1999, British Standard 7121 and Isaac Newtons Laws, because what is needed are ‘Safe Systems of Work’ ( Not Unsafe).
Worker Safety is my Core Value, please make it yours ?
Yours Sincerely
Michael J. Ponsonby BA 
Nov 202013
 

DUEREN, Germany.  On Wednesday afternoon a large mobile crane tipped over at the Echtz Windfarm under construction.

image-2The Crane operator suffered minor injury. In the Echtz Windfarm,  six windturbines with a max. tip height of 186 m will be erected. For the installation work a suitable big hydraulic crane was needed.

Continue reading “CRANE TIPPED OVER on the Echtz Windfarm in Germany” »

Nov 082013
 

A three axle All Terrain crane went over in Fort Collins, Colorado yesterday while lifting a tree from the back yard of a home in the town.

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The crane looks to be well set up

The crane looks to be well set up

The 50 tonne Grove GMK3050 had its five section 38 metre main boom fully extended and at an angle of around 30 degrees or so. It is equipped with 9.6 tonnes of its 11.6 tonnes maximum counterweight and in this configuration should have a capacity in the region of two tonnes or so.  Continue reading “Another one for the trees: Crane Tipped” »