Winds Blamed in Deadly Crane Collapse

MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016

A construction crane collapse that killed 18 workers in China remains under investigation.

An 80-ton crane situated at a construction site in Dongguan, Guangdong province, toppled over onto two temporary buildings during a windstorm around 5 a.m. Wednesday (April 13), according to numerous reports.

Authorities say at least 18 were killed and 18 others were hospitalized. Of those hospitalized, The South China Morning Post reported Friday that four were listed in serious but stable condition. Those injured suffer from fractures and lacerations, the report said.

Tragic Wakening

Officials said 139 construction workers were in the buildings at the time of the accident, many of them asleep, according to state news agency Xinhua.

The buildings, made of shipping containers, were being used as temporary housing for the workers.

The winds during the storm were said to have reached up to 62 miles per hour.

Images of the scene showed rescue workers combing through debris by hand.

Luo Bin, deputy secretary-general of the Dongguan municipal authorities, told news reporters, "The company which takes responsibility for the construction work has allocated a special fund of 20 million yuan (US$3.1 million) to deal with the aftermath issue.

"We will do our best to make sure that the injured acquire medical treatment and to solve relevant difficulties."

Probe Ongoing

Officials said the construction project was being led by CCCC Fourth Harbour Engineering, a subsidiary of state firm China Communication Construction Company, which specializes in prefabricated construction, The Post reported. Additional details about the construction project were not immediately available Friday.

Authorities have opened an investigation into the cause of the incident.

The collapse is being described as the “deadliest accident” in the region since a massive landslide of mud and construction waste crashed down in Shenzhen in December 2015, killing 74.

In the U.S., wind gusts were said to have played a role in a February crane collapse in Manhattan that killed one and injured three others.



Tagged categories: Access; Accidents; China; Commercial Construction; Construction; Cranes; Fatalities; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; Workers

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