A construction crane collapsed from a Google office building onto Mercer Street in Seattle, Washington in the afternoon on April 27, 2019. The falling crane, which was being dismantled, crushed six cars, killing four people and injuring four others. Among the four victims who were tragically killed; two were crane operators and the other two were in vehicles on the street.
The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers confirmed that two of the victims were members of the union.
The National Weather Service tweeted that a strong gust of wind was reported in the area at the time of the accident, reaching 23 miles per hour.
Most crane accidents are preventable with proper planning, training, and safety equipment. These large pieces of equipment usually fall because of poor maintenance, weather conditions, or operator error. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries began an investigation into the accident, with cooperation from developer Vulcan, Inc., the City of Seattle, and general contractor GLY Construction.
The cause of the collapse is still under investigation, Seattle Major Jenny Durkan said in a statement Saturday.
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