UPDATE: One injured in crane accident reported at Calcasieu Pass LNG

Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 8:52 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - One person was injured in a crane accident at Venture Global’s Calcasieu Pass LNG Tuesday afternoon.

A video sent to KPLC and circulating on Facebook shows a crane toppling over. The video has since been removed from Facebook.

A Venture Global spokeswoman sent KPLC the following information:

“This afternoon during a sudden severe weather event a crane was damaged at Venture Global’s Calcasieu Pass site. An individual was injured during the incident and was taken to the hospital for evaluation and observation in accordance with site safety protocols. Their injuries are not life threatening. There were no other impacts to the site as a result of this event.”

One engineer, whose career was in construction, spoke with KPLC and said that an accident like this doesn’t just happen from the wind.

“The times before it happened was inexperienced operators. That’s all there was to it. Nothing…wasn’t wind, wasn’t anything else but just inexperienced operators not paying attention.” Sonny Mason, retired heavy equipment operator, said.

Mason said that after watching the video, he thinks he can tell what went wrong.

“It was boomed up too straight, and he pulled his gib over backward. He pulled it back and all the weights on the boom, and the boom buckled down at the base ‘cause it was standing right straight up,” Mason said.

KPLC will have more information as it becomes available.

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