In preparation of the 2014 football World Cup in Brazil, the crane, believed to be Liebherr LR11350, ,1350 ton crawlers fell on the Arena Corinthians stadium in Sao Paolo on Wednesday while lifting a 500 ton section of roofing, killing at least two people and destroying parts of the stands.
Photo Source: The Guardian
Doubts in the Ground Conditions.
Due to the tight schedule to finish the stadium in time and speed was the top priority on the construction site, supervisors went ahead with the operation to finish the roof despite several rainy days that soaked the soil and caused instability in the ground conditions. Though an visit was conducted on Thursday and civil defense official in charge mentioned that there is no obvious signs that ground was unstable though it have shifted just a few millimeters. An investigation will be carried out on the equipment itself. Investigators are looking into human or mechanical error as possible reason for the collapse.
Site Closed for 3-day Mourning
Lima said that only the area where the accident happened would remain closed and work will resume as soon as the three-day mourning periods ends for the two workers, aged 44 and 42.. Constructors will be allowed to clear the crane and metal structure after getting clearance from the civil defence authorities.
Inspection Confirmed No Structural Damage
Inspection has been carried out on Friday, 29th November 2013 that there is no structural damage to the stands of the stadium and expected site to start work again at the start of next week. It was a good news for local World Cup organizers and FIFA since day is nearing for the opening on 12th June 2014, which is left with 6 months for the construction.
Update: 10th March 2015.