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Crane probe centres on loosened bolts

SPECULATION surrounding the Worthing crane collapse in which two workers were killed is focusing on bolts loosened just before the accident happened.

Crane driver Roger Gard - who cheated death by just a few minutes - told Construction News that police officers had discussed the issue with him in an interview last week.

Mr Gard said: 'The police officer told me that the other erector who was seriously injured had been detorquing the two bolts on one of the sections of the crane.

'According to the handbook you can do this but it's generally only something you would do if you were in a hurry.There were high winds forecast for the next day, so they wanted to get on with it.

'But even so, I don't know how this could directly lead to the accident.'

Other site sources also confirmed that police were investigating the detorquing of two bolts on one section of the crane so that they could be removed with a spanner.

But police are understood to be satisfied that the accident at Durrington High School two weeks ago was not caused by any criminal action.

The case is now being handed over to the Health and Safety Executive.