December 12, 2008 | Dave Janney

Crane Collapse

What kind of questions would you have for your Spring SnapCharT?  Here’s a start:

  • Was there an established mooring process? Was the process good enough?  Was it followed?
  • Guidelines for operation (or ceasing operation) in high winds?
  • Fall protection?
  • Crane specs (weight)? Is the crane appropriate for this barge?

Crane Collapses Into Lewisville Lake

Created: Tuesday, 09 Dec 2008, 6:13 PM CST

LITTLE ELM  —  Tuesday’s strong winds may have caused a crane to collapse into Lewisville Lake, knocking a worker into the cold water.

The barge supporting the crane was secured along the NTTA toll bridge under construction when it broke free of its moorings around 3:30 p.m.

Three workers on board struggled to keep the barge upright, but it struck some rocks which punched a hole into the hull, and the barge began to sink.

One man fell into the choppy water but was immediately rescued by co-workers. He is okay was expected to be back at work in a few hours.

Safety officials are headed to the scene to make sure no fuel spilled into the lake.

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