Toppled crane removed from estate

Work begins to finally remove the Whyte's crane at Dales Industrial Estate
Work begins to finally remove the Whyte's crane at Dales Industrial Estate

An operation to move a large crane that toppled over at Peterhead’s Dales Industrial Estate earlier this year has taken place.

The Whyte Crane Hire vehicle’s tail sank into soft ground causing the lifting boom to bend and the driver’s cab was left 50ft above the ground, luckily no one was hurt.

The crane has been present at the Aquatic Engineering and Construction Ltd site since it toppled on Monday, May 5, and had become a “novelty attraction” to locals.

Previous attempts to lift the crane took place following the incident but proved to be unsuccessful.

A spokesperson for Aquatic said: The five-day recovery operation commenced on Monday, September 29 with the priority to ensure the operation was completed safely.

“A team of 40 people was on site, together with four or five cranes needed to assist in the recovery of the vehicle.

“During the operations, South View Place was a restricted site so there was nowhere for interested members of the public to stay and watch.

“Safety protocals were put in place by Police Scotland to ensure the general public were safe during the operation.”

The successful operation ended on Friday, October 3.