If you need to get some heavy mechanical equipment on the roof of your project, you could use a boring old crane – or you could gas up the bird and make that equipment take literal flight. Alright, so cranes aren’t actually boring, but some times a helicopter makes more logistical sense, either because it reduces total lift time or, in some cases, makes economical sense. Either way, there are some important safety precautions to take in case something goes wrong.

During a recent helicopter lift in Oakland, California, something did go wrong, but luckily, it appears that no one was injured – at least not until someone found out what happened to their large, expensive industrial cooling tower.

According to The Mercury News, a Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane was being used throughout the week to lift mechanical equipment to the roof of a construction project on Clay Street in Oakland, when a cable suddenly snapped, sending what appears to be a large cooling tower made by Baltimore Air Coil (BAC) back towards the earth, ultimately landing on the pavement below.

The event was captured on video by a local artist named Rudi Tcruz, which he shared on Twitter. According to Tcruz, there were no injuries to anyone on the ground. He also shared a picture of the damaged cooling tower after it was loaded onto a flatbed after the fall.


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