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Two Workers Killed in Crane Accident Kotka, Finland

Posted by nahetsblog on January 13, 2010

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Yesterday 06:19 PM, updated today 11:09 AM

Two men died when this basket crane collapsed.

Two men died when this basket crane collapsed.

Two people were killed on Tuesday when they fell from a basket crane in downtown Kotka. The men were cleaning a building’s gutters when the sidewalk under one of the basket crane’s supporting legs collapsed.

Rescue services who responded to the accident say the men fell from the second or third storey. Other workers on site were able to move away in time from the crane.

The fire marshal on duty, Ahti Savolainen, says that the supporting leg appears to have been standing over a hollow pocket under the sidewalk. The leg dropped one and a half metres through the sidewalk. The street was closed to traffic for several hours.

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