Fatal Crane Collapse in Seattle Prompts Questions About Disassembly Procedures

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Four killed as crane mast falls onto busy city roadway

July 9, 2019
Jeff Rubenstone - Engineering News-Record

A tower crane being dismantled collapsed Saturday, April 27 in Seattle, killing four people, including two ironworkers on the crane and two bystanders on the street below. The jobsite, located in a Google office development in Seattle's bustling South Lake Union neighborhood, is adjacent to a busy intersection where traffic had not been blocked off during the crane’s disassembly. It is the first fatal crane accident in the Puget Sound region since a crane collapse in Bellevue, Wash., in 2006 that killed one person.

Mr. Rubenstone may be contacted at rubenstonej@enr.com


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