Two injured after crane collapses at building site

Emergency services rushed to the scene at Steads Place in Leith shortly before 9.30am on Tuesday morning.

Two people have been injured after a crane collapsed at a building site in Edinburgh.

It is understood the section of crane gave way and fell onto the top of an apartment complex being built on Steads Place, Leith, at about 9.30am on Tuesday morning.

The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) said it dispatched two ambulances and a special operations team (SORT) which treated two patients at the scene.

Police said road closures have been put in place following the incident, with drivers and pedestrians urged to avoid the area.

The arm of the crane appears bent out of shape and is lying on the building below.

Collab Construction, who are the main contractors of the apartment complex, said an investigation is under way into the cause of the incident.

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A SAS spokesperson said: “We received a call at 9.29am today to attend an incident in Leith, Edinburgh.

“We dispatched two ambulances and our special operations team (SORT) to the scene and have treated two patients at the scene.”

A police spokesperson added: “Emergency services are in attendance at Steads Place in Edinburgh after a crane collapsed at a building site.

“There are road closures in place at Leith Walk and Pilrig Street. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to avoid the area.”

A spokesperson for Collab Construction Ltd said: “Main contractor Collab Construction Ltd. can confirm that an incident involving a crane – owned and operated by one of their sub-contractors Falcon Tower Crane Services Ltd – took place this morning (Tuesday November 28) at its development site at Stead’s Place, off Leith Walk Edinburgh.

“The emergency services have now left the site and a full investigation is currently under way into the cause of the incident.

“Collab Construction is currently completing the development of 110 build-to-rent apartments on the site, with a completion date set for summer 2024. The Stead’s Place site is owned by a fund managed by Edmond de Rothschild Real Estate Investment Management and is being developed by Drum (Stead’s Place) Ltd.”

Correction: In an earlier statement, the Scottish Ambulance Service earlier said it transported one patient to hospital – this was an error.

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