Friday, June 6, 2008

April 29th 2008

Damascus Crane collapse kills 4. At the time of this posting I did not have any pictures.

Edit: I found a link while searching for new accidents in Arabic. The crane collapsed either during the dismantle or during a climbing operation. The translation leaves much to desire -"we do unzip the tower crane, which weighs 140 tons and the final phase of the jaw upset their balance and fell on us" said one of the injured workers.  You can clearly see the climber is on the crane and the article notes that people had to be present above. When he mentions an upset balance, and I see the jib in the picture of the downed crane, I picture this being a climbing operation.

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