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Mecca Crane Collapse Probe Continues

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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Authorities are weighing charges against engineers and government officials following the construction crane collapse that killed more than 100 people last September at one of Islam’s holiest sites in Saudi Arabia, according to reports.

Reports citing an informed source say the Bureau of Investigations and Public Prosecution in Jeddah has “found five top technical and engineering officials guilty” in the incident; while other reports indicate charges have not yet been filed.

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The crane collapse occurred Sept. 11, 2015, at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The reports do not name the individuals involved, but indicate the engineers and technicians were responsible in the supervision of the expansion project underway at the mosque, Saudi Gazette reported.

The Collapse

The construction crane collapsed Sept. 11, 2015, at the world’s largest mosque in Mecca, just 10 days ahead of the Hajj, killing 111 people and injuring 394, reports said. The annual pilgrimage was expected to bring 2 million people from around the world to the area.

The crane reportedly toppled over during violent weather. The official Saudi Press Agency reported the cause as “a strong sandstorm, winds and torrential rains.”

The equipment was being used to expand the tawaf, or circumambulation around the Kaaba. Reports said the crane struck a circular area of the mosque and a nearby pedestrian bridge.

An engineer on the project told the Agence France-Presse at the time that the crane had been installed in an “extremely professional way.”

“It was an act of God,” he said.

Contractor Suspended

In the wake of the collapse, however, Saudi King Salman sanctioned the contractor on the project, Saudi Binladin Group.

The company has been banned from taking on new public projects and top executives have been told to remain in the Kingdom pending the completion of legal action, according to news reports.

Investigators have found “conclusive evidence” that suspects from the Binladen Company were involved in the collapse, according to the Saudi Gazette.

Cranes play a critical role in construction, but they pose a number of safety risks on the jobsite. In the U.S., for example, employers are required to follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s rule and resources related to crane, derrick and hoist safety. Those rules can be found here.

   

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Comment from john lienert, (1/5/2016, 10:02 AM)

bin laden family hahaha


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