A tower crane working in the town of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
dropped a formwork section into the street last Wednesday.
Although the material landed on the pedestrian walkway, thankfully no one was hurt in the incident. This is partly if not wholly due to the fact that pedestrians had being stopped from walking under the load during the lift, while road traffic was held up while the load was over the road.
The crane, a Wolffkran hammer head/‘Cross’ Crane, had lifted the large
panels to a height of around six metres when it seems the lifting eyes,
or whatever attachment method the slingers had used, gave way. The
reason being we are told is the two leg chain set on the crane appeared
undamaged. We have not though been able to corroborate that report and
the photos are not clear enough.
The crane is working on the conversion of the old custom house into
apartments being developed by Cielo Properties, its chief executive Stan
Sipos, said: “The crane was lifting form work to cast a stairwell in
the building when it dropped after something on the crane gave out and
the load fell onto Wharf Street, near the intersection of Government
WorksafeBC was notified of the incident and sent an inspector to site, with work resuming shortly afterwards.