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Abu Dhabi crane collapse leaves one dead, injures three

The fatal accident occurred at a construction site in Adu Dhabi's Al Raha beach on Sunday, Abu Dhabi Police said in a statement

One worker has died and three have been left injured after a crane collapsed in Abu Dhabi's Al Raha beach on Sunday [representational image].
Abu Dhabi Police
One worker has died and three have been left injured after a crane collapsed in Abu Dhabi's Al Raha beach on Sunday [representational image].

An Asian worker has died and three others were left injured after a crane collapsed at a construction site in Abu Dhabi’s Al Raha beach on Sunday.

According to a statement by Abu Dhabi Police, the workers received moderate to serious injuries and have been taken to Al Rahba and Al Mafraq Hospitals.

Lt. Col. Ibrahim Ali Jalal Al Baloushi, director of the Rapid Intervention Department at the Directorate of Emergency and Public Safety, urged owners of construction companies to provide all means and tools to ensure worker safety and ensure routine maintenance of cranes is conducted.

The incident comes days after Abu Dhabi City Municipality (ADM) confirmed, via a tweet on 18 February, that authorities were called in after the partial collapse of scaffolding set up at a building demolition site in the emirate.

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According to a post on ADM’s official Instagram account, no injuries or damage to vehicles or infrastructure were reported from the incident.

Despite such events, the UAE has come on leaps and bounds over the past few years in terms of building site health and safety, with the country boasting a solid track record.

Last week, the Korean-Emirati joint venture of Ssangyong and Trojan that is implementing lead contracting work for Ithra Dubai’s Deira Enrichment Project noted 10 million safe loss-time injury-free man-hours at the megaproject’s construction site.

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