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Fatal crane crash halts work at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding

Fatal crane crash halts work at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding

Shanghai: Three people were killed and two were injured when two 600-tonne gantry cranes owned by CSSC subsidiary Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co collapsed at a work site in the Pudong New Area shortly after midnight, reports Xinhua

Three workers in the cranes' cabs, which were more than 10 meters above the ground, are said to have been killed at the scene, while two security guards on the ground were injured. Both guardshave been sent to Shanghai East Hospital and one is said to be in a critical condition.

Although the exact cause of the incident is still under investigation, an initial investigation is said to have shown that one leg of the cranes suddenly broke when the vehicle was lifting goods, leading to the collapse.

Local papers have reported that work at the yard is at a standstill pending the outcome of the investigation and that Hudong-Zhonghua may remain closed for up to six months.  [30/05/08]

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