My Thoughts about the Batch Plant Accident

Here’s my theory about what caused a silo of one floating concrete batch plant to collapse last month in the absence of concrete information (pardon the pun).

December 10 weather, days before concrete batch plant accident/© Janie Rosman 2014

December 10 weather, days before concrete batch plant accident/© Janie Rosman 2014

The super crane is mounted on a barge that must support pressure from the push/pull system as the crane operates, otherwise the barge would submerge.

Each batch plant is 60 feet wide by 200 feet long, and is mounted on a barge that must support its respective weight, which changes as the towers (silos) are filled and emptied, and its movements as well.

concrete

Possibly that morning the towers (silos) of one batch plant were filled to capacity, the wind kicked up, and the water was choppy: all three simultaneous conditions contributed to one of the silos collapsing. Two cents here.

One of the two batch plants was mounted on a Weeks Marine 244 Barge. I reached out several times to Weeks Marine, which did not respond to phone calls or email.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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