At least 11 people were killed after an industrial crane weighing over 70 tonnes came crashing down at the Hindustan Shipyard Limited worksite in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam, according to several media reports.
The new crane was erected at HSL about two years ago but was not yet commissioned for regular operations due to a change in contractors.
Visakhapatnam District Collector V Vinay Chand said that HSL had outsourced the operations of the crane to Greenfield Company, which co-opted Lead Engineers and Quad7 Company for maintenance operations.
“Today morning they were testing the load capability of the crane when the base portion and the overhead cabin separated resulting in the collapse of the crane. Ten persons were in the cabin including 3 employees of Greenfield company, 2 of Lead Engineers and 1 of Quad7 apart from four permanent employees of Hindustan Shipyard. All of them died when the cabin crashed. One other person who is yet to be identified also died,” Vinay Chand said.
While HSL constituted an internal committee, headed by its Director (Operations), the Collector formed an independent committee of engineers, comprising heads of departments of civil, mechanical and electrical engineering of Andhra Engineering College, to investigate the cause of the crane accident.
“The committees will probe if there is any human negligence that caused the mishap,” the Collector said. Anupam Cranes of Mumbai erected the jetty crane at HSL two years ago, but it was not made operational. The company later backed out of the contract and HSL subsequently engaged Greenfield Company to operationalise the crane.
HSL also contracted Lead Engineers for maintenance and Squad7 for regular operation of the crane. The other deceased were three workers of Greenfield, two of Lead Engineers and one of Squad7. One victim is yet to be identified.