Incident Photo – Southampton Crane Collapse

Mike Schuler
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July 13, 2009

Crane Collapse

A worker is seriously injured after a crane collapses at Southampton Dock.  According to BBC:

Fire crews were called to Southampton Docks, owned by DP World, at Dock Gate 20 in Western Avenue, at 0520 BST.

The crane, a twin boom rig with the cab suspended on rails, toppled on to the ship, Nyke Themis, the coastguard said.

It is the second serious incident involving crane operations this year and the Unite union said it has “deepened concerns” over worker safety.

Matt Tipper, Unite regional industrial organiser, said the injured man is one of its members.

The man, reported to be the crane operator, has been freed from the wreckage and taken to hospital with life threatening injuries including injuries to his legs.  More video from this incident can be seen on BBC HERE or check out some more pictures HERE.

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