ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A collapsing crane sent construction workers running for their lives in a Florida city on Thursday, nearly striking a man as it toppled over. The St. Petersburg Police Department said in a tweet featuring the video that no one was injured and that the construction site at the new police headquarters didn’t suffer major damage.
The police video — captured by surveillance cameras — shows the dramatic moments as the giant crane tipped over, sending two workers below sprinting away.
The crane narrowly missed a worker who was trying to flee as it crashed to the ground, sending roiling clouds of dust over the construction site. The video shows at least eight workers running for their lives.
The Tampa Bay Times reports the crane was carrying a scissor lift weighing about 1,000 pounds. A worker told the newspaper that an operator who was inside the crane when it collapsed “limped away” after it fell.
Police said the crane suffered damage.
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No details yet on why the crane collapsed, but it’s certain an investigation is in the very near future. Investigators will review the crane’s maintenance records, the crane operator’s training and qualifications, as well as the load the crane was hoisting and numerous other factors during their investigation.
The workers on the ground were lucky to get away with their lives. It’s a sobering reminder to stay out of the crane’s swing radius and never walk under the boom or a suspended load.
You can use our newest Safety Talk – Crane Safety – to review with operators and workers on the ground, the dangers of crane work and how to protect themselves.