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    MOBILE CRANE COLLAPSE INJURES WORKMAN

    Failure during controlled dismantling operation on massive mobile

    It has been reported by the Newcastle Chronicle Live that a man was taken to hospital with facial injuries after a huge crane collapsed in Newcastle (18 Oct). Wates Living Space of London are working on the project for Your Homes Newcastle.

    The crane was being used on the 20-storey high-rise Cruddas Park block of flats and is said to have collapsed with “an almighty bang”.

    A worker said the crane had not been in use on Saturday when the accident happened, and was being lowered at the time.

    Paramedics wrapped the man’s head and face in a bandage and examined him before an ambulance took him to the Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary.

    Fire crews and police attended the scene, and a Northumbria Police spokesperson said:

    “Police received reports about a collapse of a mobile crane in Newcastle. It happened at approximately 1pm on Saturday, at Cruddas Park flats in Elswick. Emergency services attending the incident found that a large mobile crane had collapsed. The area has been cordoned off to ensure safety of the public.”

    Weather triggered dismantling

    A spokesman for Wates Living Space said:

    “Due to today’s adverse weather conditions, we undertook a controlled dismantle of the site crane in-line with our strict health and safety policy. During this process, a site operative unfortunately sustained a minor injury and as a precautionary measure was attended to by the emergency services.

    We will instigate an internal investigation to determine the factors behind the incident and in the meantime, we are working closely with Your Homes Newcastle to ensure they remain fully informed of the situation.”

    David Langhorne, director of property services at Your Homes Newcastle, said:

    “We were naturally concerned to hear of the events that have taken place in Cruddas Park today. However, we have been in close correspondence with Wates throughout and are satisfied the factors behind the incident are being investigated further.”

    Specialist website Vertikal posted:

    “The jib was being lowered when something gave way causing the jib to break free and drop onto the car park. Local reports suggest a cable failure caused the incident, which injured one of the men working with the crane. Some reports claim that the injured man was the operator, although we have not been able to confirm this. The crane is reportedly a 500 tonne Liebherr owned and operated by Baldwins Crane Hire and was working for Wates Living Space on an affordable homes project for Your Homes Newcastle.”

     

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