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11 killed as heavy crane collapses at India shipyard

DPA
New Delhi
At least 11 workers were killed after a heavy crane collapsed on Saturday at the state-owned shipyard in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, police said.
The recently procured crane came down as staff were conducting load-testing trials at the Hindustan Shipyard Limited, senior police officer Anand Reddy said.
While 10 victims died on the scene, one survivor who was rushed to the hospital later succumbed to his injuries, Reddy said. An eight-second video broadcast on news channels showed the yellow crane, which reportedly weighs 75 tonnes, crashing down onto the shipyard. Police vehicles and ambulances can be seen rushing to the site.
State authorities had ordered a probe and a team of senior officials had been set up to conduct the inquiry into the accident. Reddy said it was not clear how the crane collapsed but police had launched investigations into the cause.
The government-run Hindustan Shipyard Limited is engaged in ship building and repairs, submarine construction, refits as well as design and construction of offshore and onshore structures. The port city of Visakhapatnam has reported several industrial accidents in recent months, including a gas leak at a South Korean operated plastics plant in May that killed 15 people.

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