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Health and Safety investigators are trying to discover what caused the collapse last week of the world's largest mobile crane, the 1,200 tonne capacity Gottwald MK1500. The accident happened about 100 m from a canteen where more than 200 workers were having their lunch at the UIE yard at Clydebank.Two men suffered minor injuries as they dived for cover when the crane's 100 m boom disintegrated. Six others, including the crane operator, were treated for shock.The crane, owned by Grayston White and Sparrow, collapsed last Tuesday after lifting a 60 tonne flare stack off the Dunbar oil drilling platform, being built for Total. Witnesses say that the stack had been placed on a barge and the crane hook disconnected when they heard a loud bang.Both GWS and the maker of the boom, Mannesmann Demag, were unable to comment. CONSTRUCTION NEWS