Monday, 27 July 2009

Inquiry launched into crane collapse

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched its inquiry into the crane collapse at DP World Southampton (DPWS).
The HSE said it was working as quickly as possible to establish the cause of the collapse on 13 July but it was impossible to say when its findings would be published.
"We have identified some significant lines of enquiry and we have issued some precautionary advice to the ports industry as a result, " it said.
"We now know that there are no cranes of an identical design anywhere else in the UK. All cranes at DPWS of a similar design and age to the model that collapsed on Monday have been taken out of use while the initial investigation continues."
Meanwhile, the crane’s driver, Jay Squibb, 33, is showing signs of recovery after being seriously injured in the collapse.
DPWS said it was hoping to have 10 gantry cranes and a mobile harbour crane available for operation from today.

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