Crane Accidents

65 Deaths in Tower Crane Collapse


Saudi Arabia

A luffing jib tower crane has collapsed onto the Grand Mosque – the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, according to the Saudi Arabia Civil Defence Force.    The report says that 65 worshipers have died and 154 have been injured in the incident.

The crane is almost certainly one of 20 Wolff 355B cranes installed around the mosque in 2011, part of an order received by Wolffkran and its local partner the Roots Group

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The inside of the Grand Mosque shows the effect on one are of the building

Local reports say that the cranes were affected by exceptionally strong winds, rain and lightning, with one lightning bolt seeming to directly strike one of the cranes.

This incident occurred as the authorities are preparing for the annual Hajj, with over three million pilgrims expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

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The jib came through the roof landing on some worshipers

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