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Man injured as crane collapses at Wates site in Newcastle

A man was taken to hospital with minor injuries following a crane jib collapse on Saturday at a site in Newcastle.

The incident happened on a Wates Living Space site for Your Homes Newcastle in Cruddas Park, where the contractor is refurbishing a block of flats.

The Evening Chronicle quoted a worker as saying the crane had not been in use on Saturday when the incident happened, and was being lowered at the time.

Another witness has said that the collapse was caused by a snapping cable.

A Wates spokeswoman said: “Due to adverse weather conditions, we undertook a controlled dismantle of the site crane in line with our strict health and safety policy.

“During this process, a site operative unfortunately sustained a minor injury and as a precautionary measure was attended to by the emergency services.

“We will instigate an internal investigation to determine the factors behind the incident and, in the meantime, we are working closely with Your Homes Newcastle to ensure they remain fully informed of the situation.”

Your Homes Newcastle commented: “We were naturally concerned to hear of the events that have taken place in Cruddas Park [on Saturday].

“However, we have been in close correspondence with Wates throughout and are satisfied the factors behind the incident are being investigated further.”

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