A fire has caused the luffing jib of a tower crane to collapse onto a nearby building in Sydney, Australia this morning.
The crane was working on the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) site,
erecting campus accommodation when a fire broke out on its superstructure.
The operator attempted to put the fire out with an extinguisher, but having failed to do so climbed back into the operators seat and slewed the crane around to a point where a falling jib would the least harm. He then climbed out of the cab to safety.
At this stage the cause of the fire is unknown but it resulted in the jib cable failing allowing the jib to drop onto the UTS campus building. Fortunately there have been no reports of any injuries.
Reports suggest the crane is a 50 tonne capacity Favelle Favco M600D and Lend Lease is the main contractor.
Amazingly all of this was captured on camera, to watch the video click here.