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Construction Crane Topples Over in San Francisco, No Injuries Reported

By Kelly Balamuth on August 30, 2012

A construction crane toppled over in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, leaving authorities to say it was a “miracle” no one was injured. According to a KTVU.com news report, the crane was at a construction site located at Ellis and Leavenworth in downtown San Francisco and was being used in the renovation of the Arlington Hotel. The crane collapsed around 7:40 a.m., taking down scaffolding on the building and a street light, as well as hitting the back end of a pickup truck that was on the street. Passersby in the area also went scrambling for safety, according to police, but fortunately no injuries were reported.

The crane accident kept the intersection closed to traffic as police continued their investigation. Local police will make a report about the incident in order to share information with the city’s Department of Building Inspections, which was also investigating the incident. The report does indicate that Cal/OSHA, the Division that protects workers and the public from safety hazards, was not called to the scene. The city of San Francisco is seeing a recent construction boom, requiring the city to supervise multiple projects to prevent dangerous accidents, such as this crane collapse.

Any equipment used at a construction site can pose a danger not only to construction site workers, but also to individuals in the surrounding area. Cranes especially may be dangerous as they are one of the largest and heaviest mechanical devices at a site, and a number of factors, such as the weather or a mechanical failure, can cause a serious accident. If you have been injured in a crane accident, the crane accident attorneys in Walnut Creek with Balamuth Law can help you obtain the compensation you need to recover. Call (888) 254-1234 for a no-cost consultation on your case.

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