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Video | Floating cranes topple onto houses in Dutch town

Two floating cranes have toppled onto houses during a lift in the Dutch town of Alphen aan den Rijn.

Local reports say that rescue teams are on the ground looking for people trapped in the collapsed buildings and that at least one person has been injured. The Dutch safety board is now investigating.

Town vice-mayor Kees van Velzen said at a press conference: “We will start looking for people under the rubble - the victims are our first priority. But there is a collapsing danger, so first we have to check stability of the homes and cranes.”

NOS, the Dutch TV network, reported that two of the companies involved in the lift were Peinemann Holding, which supplied the cranes and were the crane operators, and BSB Steel Construction, who were responsible for the construction of the bridge. NCE has so far been unable to obtain a response from Peinemann Holding.

Work was being carried out on the Queen Juliana bridge when the incident took place. It has been said that work to renovate the bridge was necessary after an investigation found it to be in poor condition and that work had started in the spring and was expected to last all summer.

Readers' comments (1)

  • I such a situation the question has to arise, who carried out the essential risk assessment before work was commenced?
    Clearly to have carried out such an operation from a floating platform was a technique that would require a great deal of careful consideration of the stability of the platform. This appears to have been less than adequate for the task in hand especially when any problem was developing.
    A. Hames C.Eng.

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