Mecca Crane Collapse Emphasises The Need For Safe Construction

Cranes can be extremely useful for lifting and manoeuvring heavy objects – in fact, they’re often one of the most essential tools in a large industrial warehouse. However, at Cranes-UK we always emphasise the importance of maintaining the highest levels of health and safety when using such big, powerful machines. This has never been more apparent than earlier this week when a crane collapsed in Mecca, killing at least 107 people and injuring around 230.

Mecca has seen a huge increase in the amount of construction work taking place, and there have been many concerns regarding its safety. The Grand Mosque which stands in the centre of the city is surrounded by building work, and it’s here that the accident happened on Friday 11th September, when one of the cranes being used on site collapsed. Mecca is home to some of the world’s largest cranes, and there have been many smaller incidents in the past, but nothing which has had such devastating widespread consequences. Campaigners have spoken of the lack of safety equipment used on site, and the need for the implementation of further safety measures.

Each type of crane comes with its own set of hazards, but all are used to transport heavy loads in potentially very busy industrial settings, which means that on-site safety always has to be a priority. Whenever you purchase a new crane, ensure that it has all of the correct certification which you need – if you use a reputable supplier, they will be able to tell you. Our cranes are for use in warehouses and factory environments only. Any crane supplied by us will come with all of its documentation and paperwork. You should also ensure that any large scale industrial equipment is installed by a qualified professional. If you ever need further health and safety information regarding any of our products, just get in touch and we will be able to advise. It could help to avoid a serious accident.

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