LA County home crushed by crane

HOUSE CRUSHED by crane from helicopter view. Photo from ABC7

Danielle Generaux | Student Life Editor

April 30, 2021

On April 26, a huge crane fell onto a house in Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles. The LA County Fire Department tweeted that a crane collapsed on a home on 30000 Blk Cartier Dr. They explained that arriving units found a large crane had tipped over and landed on the roof of a one-story home. Fortunately, the two people inside of the house are fine and have not reported any injuries.

A Sky5 aerial video displayed a truck at the bottom of the crane that was in front of the house. The crane smashed the roof and hung up over the backyard.

CLOSER VIEW of house crushed. NBC Los Angeles

“I would just say that it is really sad and unfortunate that this happened to that family, and I give them my best wishes. It is really embarrassing that this construction site did not take proper safety precautions; something like this should never have happened,” junior Evan Lipofsky said.

 “The crane was actually there to install a solar field, which are solar panels, just not on the roof of the structure,” a spokesperson for the department, Henry Narvaez said. “The solar panels are in the backyard, and they’re mounted to metal posts or columns. And those columns were being carried from the street over the structure, into the backyard, when the accident occurred.”

“I think the couple that survived the crane falling onto their house was extremely lucky, especially since they were in the home at the time of the fall. The construction site needs to be much more careful in the future when setting up the crane and where they are placing it. If the people were not at the right place when the crane fell over, it would have been detrimental,” junior Teresa Yubeta said.

Ironically, Narvaez said that the same crane company planned to bring another crane to help lift the one that had collapsed on the house. The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health responded to clear the scene, and the Red Cross will help house the couple until their home is fixed.

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