Crane topples in Christchurch CBD

Last updated 15:14 11/03/2012
Crane topples
Rouyden Lake

INQUIRIES: The crane's failure is now the subject of two investigations.

Crane topples
Damon Robinson
LUCKY ESCAPE: No one was injured in the accident.

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The Department of Labour is investigating a crane crash in Christchurch's central city.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority operations general manager Warwick Isaacs said the crane was removing exterior precast panels from a Hereford St demolition site when it toppled forward between two buildings at about 3.30pm yesterday afternoon.

Isaacs said there were seven workers on site at the time of the crash, but nobody was injured.

The Department of Labour was investigating the incident, he said.

Naylor Love Construction, which was operating the crane at the time of the crash, said it was conducting its own investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

Naylor Love's Canterbury regional manager, Pete Lockhart, said the company would release more information about the incident tomorrow.

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