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Saudi court: SBG not responsible for 2015 Makkah crane collapse

A Saudi Arabian court has cleared Saudi Binladin Group of responsibility for the 2015 Makkah crane collapse, which killed more than 100 people

A Saudi Arabian court has cleared Saudi Binladin Group (SBG) of responsibility for the fatal 2015 crane collapse in Makkah.

The incident, which resulted in the deaths of more than 100 people and injured approximately 400, took place amid high winds and a thunderstorm, according to Arabic daily, Asharq al-Awsat.

READ: Saudi crane collapse kills 107 at Grand Mosque

The crane fell into Makkah’s Grand Mosque on 11 September, 2015, days before the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

SBG’s lawyers argued that the company could not have predicted the severe weather that led to the crane’s collapse, according to an AFP report published by Arabian Business.

In the wake of the accident, senior management figures from SBG were prohibited from travelling abroad, and the company was forbidden from taking on new projects.

At the time of the collapse, SBG was working on the 400,000m2 expansion of the Grand Mosque.

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