Austin-Travis County EMS were dispatched just before 9 a.m. Wednesday to a construction site near the 2300 block of East St. Elmo Road in southeast Austin, Texas for a reported crane malfunction/accident where two workers were reported injured.
As the concrete wall was lifted, one of the lifting lugs embedded in the concrete failed and shock loaded the crane. When the cable snapped, the other cables became slack. As the load became unbalanced it caused the wall to pivot which shifted the load's weight past the crane's maximum radius, causing the crane to pull over.
Dave Ritchie, a crane operator and OSHA safety consultant told KZAN-TV the crane in use was a lattice boom truck crane. “Most of their accidents occur during lifting operations because they don’t have as many safety devices built into them as a tower crane and they’re much easier to override those safety systems,” said Ritchie.
Raymond Construct Company is the contractor on the warehouse project. The Austin-Travis Fire Department said one worker was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the other refused treatment.