This morning at around 10am, Southampton dock workers heard a ‘ humongous crash’ when a 200ft crane collapsed. Emergency services arrived and, although no one needed hospital treatment, two men were assessed at the scene for injuries.
Today’s crane tumble marks the third accident in as many years at Southampton docks. Similar crane crashes occurred in 2008 and 2009 when, last year, a crane fell on to a ship container port.
Although no one was hospitalised this time round, the previous incident in July 2009 caused the crane driver, Jay Squibb, to be trapped for over two hours while his legs were crushed by the crane. He was eventually air lifted to safety but does not intend to return to crane work after suffering life- threatening injuries.
Details of events surrounding this morning’s incident are limited and nearby workers stated that “we don’t know if the crane was lifting anything at the time when it crashed.”
The accident scene, Herbert Walker Avenue, next to the city’s cruise terminal, is now clear of emergency services. A Health and Safety Executive is now said to be investigating the cause of the today’s incident.