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Cranes are being used all over the world every single day to aid the construction of buildings and other structures that we use in our daily life.  Some cranes are perched high above cities, on top of skyscrapers, while others are planted on the ground level.  Sometimes, situations can get out of hand whether that be the weather around the construction site or some other unforeseen cause for a crane to come crashing down.

Occasionally, we are going to write about a crane collapse and that is only because we want crane operators and the general population to realize the dangers that are there.  Many times, we get comfortable seeing these large pieces of equipment and do not realize the area can turn into a dangerous one very quickly.  For the crane collapse today, we are going to Austin, Texas where a crane toppled down at a construction site.

The entire crane collapse was captured on video and thankfully the video does not show anyone getting killed or hurt.  Even though two people were evaluated for injuries, the situation could have been much worse.  The crane was putting together a concrete warehouse wall when it fell onto its side.  While the crane was lifting the concrete wall, the video shows what appears to be a chain breaking loose, causing the concrete wall to fall to the ground.

Once that happens, the videos how 6+ people running away from the carnage to safety.  You can clearly see one man fall onto the ground from the concrete slab.  Since one side of the slab was already 20+ feet off the ground, this situation could have been much worse.  Safety around cranes and construction sites is very important and as you can see by the video, the people working there might have known what they were doing, but could not have planned for what happened until it was too late.

Running to safety also presents more issues as you may not be aware of where the crane is going to come down since the boom is usually more than 100 feet long.  At least in this video, you can see the construction workers had plenty of room to run.  Picture this happening on the main street in the city you live as everyone is trying to get to work for the day.  Scary stuff.

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Do you know what model crane this was that came crashing down?  Have you ever been on a construction site when an accident happened?

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