An industrial crane crashed through the roof of the Golden Walk shopping centre in Germiston on the East Rand on Monday 8 April 2013. The incident caused injuries to 25 shoppers, two of them seriously, and many had to be rushed to the hospital, paramedics said.
The crane, a five axle Grove GMK owned by Babcock Plant, was preparing to lift an air conditioning unit when it overturned. The crane had no counterweight fitted and was short rigged on the lift side, and it looks as if the front outrigger has punched through the ground- no mats were used, reported Jacaranda News but the cause of the accident was not immediately clear, and police are investigating.
An investigation was launched into the cause of the accident and Engineers are busy assessing the damage at the Golden Walk Shopping Centre.
One man, who was at work when the crane fell over, said he heard a loud bang. “As we came out, there was dust everywhere.”
Another man said careless crane operators were to blame. “They started doing their things with no regards for other people.” He added a man who was on the floor of the Woolworths shop when the crane plunged through the roof was lucky to escape unharmed.
Eyewitness News said that a man who was on top of the roof when the crane tipped over is lucky to still be alive.
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