No part of bridge is down

The cause of an accident on a bridge under construction in Dubai Marina last week, which claimed the lives of seven workers, has been misreported, according to a source close to the project.

The cause of an accident on a bridge under construction in Dubai Marina last week, which claimed the lives of seven workers, has been misreported, according to a source close to the project.

Wade Adams is the contractor on the Al Sufouh ramp bridge project.

Reports have suggested that a crane carrying a heavy load of 1.5 tonnes hit the bridge columns causing an entire section of the bridge to collapse.

 

"No part of the bridge has collapsed," said the source, who wished to remain unnamed.

"The reports made it look as if construction was below standard, when the accident actually occurred due to human error and was not a technical or mechanical flaw."

The source added: "The erection of reinforcement was in progress when the accident occurred. The workers were fixing a reinforcement cage into position when a crane carrying a 12m-long straight bar tipped the cage over onto the workers, who were in the shaft."

Three employees of Wade Adams, including the crane operator, an engineer and the crane usher, could face charges of manslaughter and negligence if a case is brought.

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