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INCIDENT: LOAD DROPS FROM TOWER CRANE

Public and construction workers escape with minor injuries

It has been reported by The Scotsman (08/06/2013) that three people were injured when timber and glass fell from a tower crane on Great Junction Street in Leith. Witnesses told the reporter that a car driver was lucky not to be crushed when the “load fell several storeys onto his car below”.

A local shopkeeper told the Scotsman that he ran from his shop to see if he could help. He stated:

“He was very lucky not to be killed. He was shocked and scared but said he was OK. All the glass had smashed and gone through onto the seats. I believe one of the builders was hurt as well. I don’t know how it happened.”

Debris was strewn across the road which was closed until 1pm while it was cleared. A dented railing, four floors up, showed where the load first impacted before crashing to the ground below. One person was treated for minor head injuries while the others were treated for shock.

The site is being developed by the Port of Leith Housing Association as a mixed housing and retail development. Keith Anderson, chief executive of the Port of Leith Housing Association said:

“We regret that this incident occurred and we are thankful that no-one was seriously hurt.”

A Police Scotland spokesman confirmed HSE were “probing” the incident, adding:

“We received a call at around 10.40am involving a crane that dropped its load, and some debris which struck a vehicle. The driver was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for shock. A construction worker was also taken to hospital for minor injuries. The road was closed, but it reopened just before 1pm.”

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