Two dead and four critical in Upington crane collapse

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A crane collapsed at the construction site of a new solar plant in Upington, Northern Cape.

A crane collapsed at the construction site of a new solar plant in Upington, Northern Cape.

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A crane collapsed at the construction site of a new solar plant in Upington, Northern Cape.

A crane collapsed at the construction site of a new solar plant in Upington, Northern Cape.

UPINGTON – A crane accident at a solar plant have left two dead and four critical in Uptington Northern Cape, said SAPS spokesperson Jacques September.

September said, “A female worker died on the scene. Five were rushed to hospital, however a 31 year old male later died and the other four are in critical conditions.”

The four men are being treated at Dr Harry Surtie Hospital in Upington.

Abengoa’s Patricia Malo de Molina Melndez said, “The accident occurred at 1.30pm, at the construction site of the Khi Solar One project, located approximately 40 kilometres from the town of Upington.”

She said, “Two workers died and seven others were rushed to the nearest hospital.

“All workers have been contracted by companies doing projects for Abengoa.”

The solar plant’s 198 metre high crane which fell was being used by the Spanish company Abengoa Solar a global solar power generating company that offers technologies in the development of solar energy.

Abengoa in South Africa is operating under Khi Solar One working on its third commercial solar tower and it’s first outside of Spain.

September said, the circumstances surrounding the accident are currently being investigated.

The police have opened an inquest into the tragic accident.