Workers are praised after crane accident

One man dies as crane crashes onto road in Abu Dhabi

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By  Rhys Jones Published  April 10, 2004

Construction workers in Abu Dhabi prevented a full-scale disaster last week after a crane collapsed in the capital, killing its Asian operator and damaging the seaside Corniche road. Engineers and workers at the site near a government gas company noticed the 130-metre crane moving and immediately blocked the main road and stopped the traffic. “I can tell you that these people succeeded in preventing a real catastrophe by halting traffic,” said Lt Colonel Gaith Al Zaabi, director of the Abu Dhabi Traffic Police. “Imagine if this huge crane fell on some of the cars using the road… the traffic was heavy and what they did really saved many lives,” he added. The crane collapsed away from the 20-storey Gasco building and smashed into Corniche street, damaging trees and plants and blocking the street. The impact dug a one-metre deep trench across the road and civil defence units used several electric cutters to sever the huge steel pole into pieces to remove it from the road. Three workers who were trapped in a lift hanging at the middle of the building were rescued while experts sifted through the site to ensure the building was safe.

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