At least nine people died after a crane crumbled at a construction site in Hurlingham, Nairobi, on Thursday, August 27, 2021.
Out of the nine victims, two were Chinese nationals and seven Kenyans.
“They were 10 workers operating the crane at around 1220 hours when it collapsed with them still on top of it. Nine of them lost their lives, including two Chinese, while one was slightly injured,” said the police.
Police confirmed that one person survived the ordeal but sustained severe injuries.
The crane crumbled at least 70 metres down.
The incident occurred while the construction workers were busy dismantling one of the cranes at the site of Qwetu apartment opposite the Department of Defence Headquarters.
Zhejiang Chengjiang Construction Africa Ltd is the constructor of the 14-story building.
“We are working with relevant agencies to establish what led to this accident. However, from our preliminary details, we have established that while decommissioning our tower crane, part of it, unfortunately, collapsed killing nine technicians, seven of whom were Kenyans and two Chinese nationalities,” read the statement released by the firm.
Police and military personnel we among the groups leading the rescue mission.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.