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Huge crane collapses in Peterhead

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An investigation has begun after a 96-tonne crane collapsed in Peterhead yesterday.

No one was injured when the machine, operated by north east firm Aquatic at Dales Industrial Estate, collapsed.

The Buchanie understands the 190m crane wason soft ground which gave way when the crane was carrying out a routine lift.

The Liebherr crane - valued at £3million - is owned by Ellon based firm Whyte Crane Hire who have supplied Aquatic for several years.

A spokesperson for Aquatic said: “Following Monday’s incident involving the toppled crane at its Peterhead premises, Aquatic can confirm that it is providing Whyte Crane Hire with every assistance in the recovery of their equipment.

“No one was injured in the incident and the priority for both companies will be to ensure the recovery operation is completed safely.”

As of Wednesday morning the crane remained on its side as efforts to right the machine have been delayed

Aquatic is an independent supplier of equipment for the oil and gas, renewable energy and telecommunications industries around the world.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation to discover why the incident occurred on what appeared to be a routine job is ongoing.

 

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