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Workers faulted in crane crash

UNQUALIFIED workers who operated a crane improperly during heavy rain and wind, resulting in the crane's sliding out of its track and crashing into another one, were to blame for a fatal accident at the construction site of the Shanghai-Beijing express railway last year, local authorities said yesterday.

The bad weather and construction company's mismanagement also contributed to the accident, said Shen Weimin, vice director of the Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision.

On August 19, four workers were crushed to death and three others injured at the site in Jiading District.

The mishap involved two gantry-type cranes. Amid the rain and wind, a 13-meter-tall crane slid 50 meters along its tracks, apparently out of control, and crashed into the driver's compartment of a 16-meter-tall crane.

Three people - Wang Yubing, Wang Ergui and Wang Wei - were detained by police. Authorities said that Wang Yubing, a supervisor, allowed unqualified workers to operate the crane. Wang Ergui and Wang Wei, the crane operators, lacked licenses.

Shen said China Communications Third Harbor Engineering Co, the railway's builder, failed to properly supervise the installation and use of the crane.


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