Construction crane collapses in downtown GT

Update: 2:33pm: Lizzette Yearwood, CEO of the Health Services Authority, said the injured worker was being treated for facial injuries and medical staff did not suspect he had suffered a brain injury. “However, other investigations are still being carried out,” she said.

A construction worker was injured when a large bucket crane toppled over in George Town business centre Sunday morning.

The crane smashed into an electricity pole on its way down, before slamming into a building across the road.

The accident happened on Shedden Road between First Caribbean Bank and Elizabethan Square around 11.30am.

Royal Cayman Islands Police at the scene said the crane had fallen over, hitting the Thai Restaurant building.

The crane had been situated next to First Caribbean Bank where the worker inside the bucket was taping clear plastic sheeting to the windows of the bank when the crane collapsed.

According to witnesses, the man was still inside the bucket when the crane came crashing down. He was transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital for treatment.

As a precautionary measure to protect people from electric wiring that had been downed in the accident, police cordoned off the area and closed the adjacent streets to traffic.
 

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  1. Please note, this was NOT a crane, it was an aerial work platform (mobile). These are two completely different types of construction equipment.
    While the accident is terrible, and the operators injuries are very serious, I would be willing to bet that he was neither formally Trained nor Certified in the operation of this type of equipment,s is a REQUIREMENT BY LAW in most countries in the world.
    This is the third SERIOUS accident involving this same type of equipment in (almost) as many years, here in Cayman.

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  2. Sad about what happen still good thing it wasn’t on a week day work day with lots of people around. EVEN if the wind got a hold of it no excuse it was negligence.

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