At least 11 dead after industrial crane collapses at Hindustan Shipyard site in Visakhapatnam

FP Staff

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.

Babu said that the HSL management, with the help of three new contractors, started conducting a trial run of the crane when its cabin and base snapped and collapsed as a dead-weight load was being tested, said Chand. There were no other casualties in the incident.

According to a report in Indian Express, the incident occurred during an inspection visit as officials and operators were reviewing its operability. At least six bodies have been recovered and a few survivors rushed to the hospital, as per the report.

Another report in Mumbai Mirror stated that the accident occurred during a load-testing inspection. Rescue teams are on site and the officials checking attendance records to ascertain the exact number of people on duty at the time of the mishap, as per the report.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, taking cognisance of the accident, directed Visakhapatnam's district collector and the police to take immediate action, according to ANI.

"We've also ordered inquiry both from within Hindustan Shipyard and also a high-level committee from administration (sic)", Vizag district collector Vinay Chand told ANI.

Meanwhile BJP leader Y Satya Kumar expressed his condolences for the victims while appealing for proper treatment for the injured.

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu also expressed shock at the news of the accident and prayed for the safety of thodr impacted.

"The news that 10 people were killed by a heavy crane at the Hindustan Shipyard came as a shock. It is said that there were up to 30 people at the site during the accident. I pray to God that they are all safe," The News Minute quoted him as saying.

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