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Makkah Crane Incident Caused by Inexperienced Operator

Unlicensed users were operating crane

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.

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Written by CW Staff at www.constructionweekonline.com

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