India: 11 killed as 70-tonne Crane collapses at Shipyard in Visakhapatnam

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

01st Aug, 2020. 09:25 pm
India: 11 killed as 70-tonne Crane collapses at Shipyard in Visakhapatnam

At least 11 employees were killed when a 70-tonne crane fell at the Hindustan shipyard at the Indian port of Visakhapatnam.

According to Indian officials, the accident occurred during the testing of a new crane, killing four shipyards and seven contract employees.

The death toll is expected to rise, while an investigation into the crash is ongoing.

According to reports, the crane that was involved in the accident was manufactured by Anupam Cranes, a Mumbai-based company, two years ago, but it has not yet become operational.

Visakhapatnam District Collector V Vinay Chand told the media that the incident occurred when the employees were examining the load capacity of the crane weighing 70 tonnes.

“The base portion and the overhead cabin got separated, resulting in the collapse of the crane on the ground with a loud thud”, he said.

Unfortunately, all the 11 workers were crushed to death on the spot as they came under the 70-tonne Crane.

There were 10 persons in the cabin of the crane including three employees of Greenfield company, two of Lead Engineers and one from Squad7, apart from four permanent employees of Hindustan Shipyard Limited.

“All of them died when the cabin crashed. The bodies of the victims have been retrieved and sent for post-mortem,” he said, adding that no one was injured in the mishap.

While one victim could not be identified immediately, the other 10 deceased were identified as R Venkat Rao, Chaitanya, Ramu, P V Ratnam, P Naga Demudu, Satyaraj, Shiva Kumar, P Bhaskar, K Jagan and K Prasad.

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