A tower crane collapsed in northeast China on Nov. 20, killing six workers and injuring another. The crane was positioned about 50 meters high, and the victims were working on the tower at the time of the accident. China news service Xinhua cites a statement from Liaoning Province's Work Safety Inspection Bureau noting that four workers died instantly and two others died in a nearby hospital. One man on the ground was hit by falling parts. Local contractor Lufeng Construction & Engineering Ltd. was responsible for the crane and site construction. The accident remains under investigation.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.