Monday, June 5, 2023
Rio Rancho

Investigation Underway After Broken Wire Causes Intel Crane to Fall


The crane stationed at Intel in Rio Rancho has towered over the city and has gained some notoriety - even a fan page on social media.  However, the crane's time seems to be up. 

On March 23, the top half of the 450-foot crane crashed to the ground after a wire broke.  Intel and the New Mexico  Occupational Health and Safety Bureau are investigating the incident. 

No serious injuries were reported as a result of the accident. 

According to OHSB spokesman, Matthew Maez, the department was notified of the incident around noon. That same afternoon, an inspection of the site was conducted and inspectors are continuing to investigate the incident.  

"The safety and well-being of our employees and those who work on our campus is of the utmost importance to us. On Thursday, March 23, 2023, a wire from a crane broke on site. There were no serious injuries as a result of the incident. We are currently investigating the incident and are committed to providing a safe a secure workplace for everyone on our campus," a statement from Intel confirmed. 

"Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact OHSB at 505-476-8700 or online at," Maez wrote in a statement. 


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