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Crane crash: Abu Dhabi suspends projects of contractor, consultant

ABU DHABI, April 5, 2018

The Abu Dhabi City Municipality has suspended, until further notice, the operations of the contractor, consultant and subcontractor, involved in the crane collapse incident at an under-construction building, last week, said a report.

The municipality said it is working with the Abu Dhabi Police to prepare the final report of the investigation into the incident, after which further legal action will be taken against the three entities, reported The Gulf News, citing senior municipal officials.

The tower crane collapsed shortly after 9am on Wednesday while it was being lifted by a smaller crane at a worksite located in Al Zahiyah area (formerly known as Tourist Club area), off Hamdan Bin Mohammad Street, it stated.

The tower crane and its boom had reportedly been much heavier than the smaller crane that was lifting it, said the report.

There were no fatalities, however, and there was only one report of minor injuries to an unidentified man who managed to get away from under the falling steel assembly to safety. He had been standing next to one of the cars damaged in the incident, it said.

Abu Dhabi Municipality has blamed the main contractor for the mishap stating that he must take responsibility for the accident.

It is believed that the main contractor had commissioned the subcontractor to dismantle the tower crane, but the municipality stressed that the main contractor must supervise all loading and unloading operations rigorously without relying solely on the subcontractor, said the report.

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