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Homes evacuated after crane collapses in Reading town centre

A total 60 homes in Reading were evacuated on Saturday after a crane collapsed onto a Primark store.

The 35 m truck-mounted tower crane with a 60 m jib was being used for fit-out work on the Primark building on Reading’s West Street when it collapsed on Saturday afternoon.

Local news website Get Reading reported the crane became unsteady at 1.52pm, with shoppers hearing a loud bang as it fell onto the Primark building.

The paper also released pictures of the crane’s operator making his way down from the 35 m-high cab after it collapsed.

Thames Valley police confirmed that there were no injuries as a result of the incident.

The tower crane is owned by Bedford-based plant rental company NMT Crane Hire, while BW Workplace Experts is the contractor for the refurb.

Specialist engineers from the Netherlands travelled to the scene to work alongside the emergency services on the site to disassemble the crane, with work being completed in the early hours of this morning.

A BW spokesman said: “We can confirm that BW is the main contractor on the fit out of this project in Reading town centre.

”The crane from Saturday’s incident has been removed from site and the building and surrounding area is operating normally, Monday 31 July.

”We are assisting Thames Valley Police and the HSE with their enquiries in to the incident.”

NMT has been contacted by Construction News.

Reading crane collapse CREDIT national police air service 1

Reading crane collapse CREDIT national police air service 1

Source: National Police Air Service

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