Two people were evaluated for injuries after a crane toppled at a construction site in southeast Austin. One of the workers was pinned beneath it before being freed.
The incident happened at 2301 E. St. Elmo Road at 8:57 a.m. Austin-Travis County EMS said one of the men was taken to St. David’s South Austin hospital with injuries that were not expected to be life-threatening. The other man refused transport.
The red crane was on its side near what appears to be a partially-constructed concrete warehouse wall. Video taken on site showed the crane operator trying to lift a concrete wall when it appears one of the chains on a corner of the wall suddenly snaps and drops the concrete wall.
A worker who was standing on the concrete slab was knocked off as the crane and concrete wall came tumbling down. The workers who were standing nearby all made a mad dash to get out of the way. More than half a dozen workers could be seen standing around the crane when it started lifting the slab.
Raymond Construct Company Inc. is the contractor on the project.
“A crane did overturn this morning on the project site in question. No injuries were reported except one worker slightly injuring his foot when exiting the crane cab,” wrote Justin Deming with the company. Deming says the company is still investigating to determine what caused the collapse.
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