45-Tonne Crane Topples And Kills Worker At Shipyard

Story ByJohn FengSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT\

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This footage shows what happened after a giant 45-tonne crane toppled at a shipyard killing one worker and injuring another.

This gruesome aftermath footage shows the toppled crane while distressed colleagues of one of the injured workers – wearing bloodied white work gear – who was pinned in the accident, can be heard crying in the footage.

The footage then shows another worker apparently crying over the motionless body of a colleague who seems to have blood oozing from their head.

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The accident involving the capesize bulk carrier belonging to Jiangsu Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding Co Ltd happened in the city of Taixing in China’s eastern Jiangsu Province on 10th June.

According to the city’s Emergency Management Office, an “overweight operation” caused the 45-tonne gantry or portal crane to lose balance, toppling onto the front starboard side of the under-construction vessel at roughly 10:20am local time.

Images from the shipyard show the gantry crane lying sideways on the cargo ship, while video taken by workers on the deck show damaged caused to the massive vessel.

Officials said two injured workers were taken to hospital for treatment, but one of them succumbed to critical injuries suffered during the accident.

The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The capesize vessel is reportedly one of three being built for Japanese shipping firm Orient Marine.

The class ‘capesize’, denoting the largest of cargo ships, means it is too big to use the Suez or Panama canals, and has to instead traverse oceans by rounding the Cape of Good Hope in southern Africa or South America’s Cape Horn.

Jiangsu Yangzi Xinfu Shipping Co Ltd is a subsidiary of the Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group, and is the result of a 3 billion RMB (342 million GBP) investment.

John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.

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