The Mighty Fall Of A Tower Crane On An Italian Construction Site

Submitted by: fancylad 5 months ago in Weird


'We're breaking for lunch early, boys.'
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Varese Construction Crane Collapse video is shocking, it is like OMG! I will share this at http://coachellavalleyconstruction.com site too. Pretty shocked with how much the damage there just is, I hope all get fixed soon.
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Male 80
Another point of view, the video starts a little before the incident.
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Male 5,473
jeanrenaud nice find, apparently the operator just barely got away as the whole thing was crashing right where he was coming from
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Male 4,948
jeanrenaud That is so cool. The best part is that from about the 50-second mark, you can see the counterweight at the left of the screen slowly starting to rise... and you know what's happening... and the crew slowly start to catch on.

Alternate title: How to kiss $5 million goodbye in about 40 seconds.
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Male 80
squrlz4ever The cry of despair from the "boss" is self-explanatory about what will follow...
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Male 4,948
jeanrenaud I could hear him saying, "Oh Dio! Oh Dio! Oh Dio!" I don't speak Italian, but that was pretty easy to figure out.
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Male 1,347
What's Italian for Oops?
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Male 402
I wonder why no one went to see if the operator was ok?
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dkm458 From some comment I read on YouTube, apparently the operator jumped out and ran clear of the crane pretty early in the crash.
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Male 65
squrlz4ever If the rules are anything like forklift driving, you're not supposed to jump out in the event of a roll over. The rule is you brace yourself and ride it out. Way safer inside the cab.
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Male 4,948
notoriousbac Interesting bit of info there. Thanks.
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Male 8,557
Someone put the decimal in the wrong place.
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Male 5,473
I wonder why they used such a small and lone crane to lift such a big bridge section.. it almost looks like they used the wrong tool for the job.  Maybe just not anchored well, or not enough counter weight, or it simply slipped down the slope.. .
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monkwarrior I agree. Even without knowing the numbers, just looking at the scene I was thinking, "That looks like waaaaaaaaaay too much of a lift for that one crane." Also, it appears that the crane was being operated on ground that sloped toward the load, which would shift the crane's balance and lower the lift capacity.
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