A 16 floor building that was being under construction collapsed on March 29, 2013, in the downtown area of Dar-es-Salaam, the biggest city of Tanzania, causing at least 36 victims. SANY STC500 cranes took part in the rescue work soon after the incident in cooperation with Chinese medical aid teams in Tanzania and local officers and police, helping rescue 13 people successfully.
The collapse occurred with a blare and dust swirling in the air. The ruins on the construction site blocked the entire street and people screamed and ran in total mass. Huge concrete and steel structure bulks buried the construction workers, pedestrians and children playing nearby all of sudden.
The rescuers tried to remove the concrete bulks through shovel, round log and rope traction, but the rescue task proceeds slowly. The trapped persons were on the verge of death.
Sany Heavy Industry Central South Africa’s marketing representative in Tanzania and SANY’s local customer the Lake Oil Company rushed to the scene. Travelling through the ruins and debris flexibly, the SANY STC500 mobile crane started rescue very quickly. The crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 50t and its maximum boom length can reach 43m, so it easily lifted the huge concrete bulk collapsed on the site. Through close cooperation between the crane and the rescuers, 13 persons trapped were successfully rescued.
On behalf of Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, Tanzanian Interior Minister expressed gratitude to the organizations and individuals engaged in the rescue operation including the Chinese-funded enterprises. “You have done a great job”, he said.