Investigation underway into Edinburgh crane collapse

Inquiries are ongoing following the collapse of a crane in Edinburgh on Tuesday where two people were injured.

The jib of a Jaso J380PA luffing crane belonging to Falcon Tower Crane Services fell onto a residential site in Steads Place developed by Collab Construction, the main contractor.

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We received a call at 09.29 hours [on 28 November] to attend an incident in Leith, Edinburgh. We dispatched two ambulances and our special operations team to the scene and treated two patients at the scene.”

Falcon said the crane was manufactured in 2020 and was reported to have been in good condition, having been regularly maintained and independently inspected.

A spokesperson for Falcon said: “We will be carrying out the fullest of investigations to understand what caused the collapse. We can, however, say that at this moment in time we are not aware of any defect in the crane itself.

“The crane has been in operation at this site since May 2023 without issue and its six-monthly thorough examination was successfully completed less than two weeks ago.

“We will be thoroughly investigating all aspects of the collapse.”

A spokesperson for Collab Construction told the BBC: “A full investigation is currently underway into the cause of the incident.”

HSE said that it is aware of the incident and is making inquiries.

This story was updated on 1 December.

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