Makkah crane crash operators lacked basic skills

Human error was allegedly to blame for the crane that fell and killed more than 100 people in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Makkah in 2015, the Saudi Gazette has reported.

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Workers stand next to the crane that collapsed the day before at the Grand Mosque on September 12, 2015 in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Mecca. This year's Muslim Hajj pilgrimage will go ahead despite a crane collapse which killed more than 100 people at the Grand Mosque of Mecca, a Saudi official told AFP. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Human error was allegedly to blame for the crane that fell and killed more than 100 people in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Makkah in 2015, the Saudi Gazette has reported.

The Grand Mosque crane was operated by people who were not licensed to do so, an engineer testified in a Saudi Arabian court.

The user’s manual that explained how to operate the heavy machinery was never consulted by some of the people manning the crane, said the engineer, one of 14 defendants in the case.

“Some of them did not even know that such a book existed,” said the engineer, who was not immediately identified. More info

By CV Staff  www.constructionweekonline.com

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