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Crane Lifts Entangled Worker High in the Air

Terrifying Toronto incident was caught on video

(Newser) - A terrifying video shared on Instagram by a company that advocates for workplace safety shows a worker dangling high in the air from a crane load above a Toronto construction site. "Hang on, just let your hard hat fall, bro," somebody can be heard yelling at the man....

Man Killed in Freak Tape-Measure Accident

It fell 50 floors, fatally struck NJ construction worker on the head

(Newser) - It was the tragically wrong place at the wrong time for 58-year-old construction worker Gary Anderson yesterday morning, when he pulled up to a 50-story apartment building under construction in Jersey City, NJ, to deliver sheetrock. He parked, poked his head into a vehicle to talk to someone, and then...

20 Jobs That Could Kill You

Fishing, mining not for the faint of heart

(Newser) - Tunneling deep into the earth is dangerous business, as West Virginian miners were reminded this week. With that in mind, the Daily Beast takes a look at the most dangerous professions, broken down by deaths per 100,000, injuries per 100,000, and average annual salary:
  1. Fisherman: 129 deaths, 61

Shanghai Building Collapses Intact

Construction worker killed trying to retrieve tools

(Newser) - A 13-story building under construction in Shanghai collapsed almost completely intact today, Reuters reports, killing a construction worker who entered the block of apartments to fetch his tools. The Chinese construction industry has been accused of dangerously shoddy work as the country rushes to build out its cities and infrastructure...

16 Missing in Deadly China Subway Collapse

Five bodies pulled from construction cave-in

(Newser) - Rescuers continue today to search for 16 workers missing at the site of a collapsed subway tunnel in eastern China, reports the Xinhua news agency. At least five people were killed when the construction site caved in Saturday on a Hangzhou roadway, swallowing a bus and 11 other vehicles. "...

China Admits Quake-Hit Schools Were Poorly Built

But government warns parents to silence criticism

(Newser) - A Chinese official admitted today that shoddy construction led to the collapse of some schools during last May’s earthquake, which killed thousands of children. “The structures were not necessarily reasonable and the materials were not necessarily strong enough,” the chairman of the government’s quake probe conceded,...

Weld Faulted in NYC Crane Collapse
Weld Faulted
in NYC Crane Collapse

Weld Faulted in NYC Crane Collapse

Probe centers on equipment, not operators

(Newser) - City officials investigating a crane accident that killed two workers yesterday think a bad weld may have been to blame, the New York Times reports. The top of the crane, which met all the city's regulations, snapped off and hit a building. The city has suspended all crane construction until...

City Blew Off Crane Warning
 City Blew Off Crane Warning

City Blew Off Crane Warning

Construction site had received 32 complaints, numerous violations

(Newser) - Twelve days before the crane accident that killed four, the city of New York largely ignored a warning that the crane wasn't braced properly, reports the New York Daily News. An inspector responding to a retired contractor's complaint that the upper 100 feet of the crane was unsecured determined on...

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