Architectural Design Magazine

10 of the Worst Construction Accidents in the Past Decade

Makkah crane collapse, Saudi Arabia (2015): A crane toppled over at Makkah’s Grand Mosque on September 11, killing 111 pilgrims. There were strong sand storms in the region over the preceding week and reports of high winds. Liebherr reports suggested that the boom should have been lowered to the ground in high winds.


Savar building collapse, Bangladesh (2013): The eight-story commercial building collapsed killing more than 1,100 people. Rana Plaza was first built without authorisation and then converted from commercial use to industrial use. Authorities say that three floors were added without permission and substandard construction material was used.


City Centre Las Vegas, USA (2009): The $9.2 billion development comprises of 76 acres and six massive towers, completed in three years with a workforce of 8,000 workers. Six workers died over the course of construction, two from falling and four from being struck or crushed by objects, causing workers to strike briefly in 2008 due to poor safety conditions.


Rio de Janeiro building collapse, Brazil (2012): The Vieira Fazenda office block collapse involved three connected commercial buildings. A total of 17 people were killed in the disaster. The initial collapse of the 23-story Building No.2 was due to structural failure. Regulators said there were no construction permits on file for the building.

Lotus Riverside complex, China (2009): One of the eleven 13-storey buildings of the complex collapsed on June 27. An investigation proved that ground instability, caused by dumping excavated soil on a nearby river bank had caused the accident at the nearly finished apartment building. No casualties were reported.

New York crane collapse (2008): Seven people died when a 200-feet crane crashed into a
couple of buildings and destroyed a townhouse in March 2008. This accident marked
the worst single death toll by a crane in New York City history

Mumbai building collapse, India (2013): A five-story building under construction collapsed in the Mazagaon area in the western Indian city. At least 61 people died and 32 others were injured in the disaster. More than 100 people were killed in five building collapses in Mumbai between April & June 2013.

Queen Juliana bridge crane collapse, Netherlands (2015): Around 20 people were injured in the western town of Alphen aan den Rijn after two cranes working on a bridge restoration project toppled on to houses and shops.

Cai Lan crane collapse, Vietnam (2008): Seven workers were killed and six were injured badly after a crane collapsed at Cai Lan Port in the northern Quang Ninh Province. The collapsed container gantry crane was one of two cranes brought from China to replace similar machinery wrecked by severe winds in 2006.