In a grave mishap, 11 people were killed when a massive 70-tonne jetty crane collapsed during a load test in the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) here on Saturday, said to be the first such tragedy in its 75-year history.
The victims were crushed to death on the spot when they came under the massive iron structure that crashed on the ground with a loud thud after its cabin and base snapped during a trial run.
The new crane was erected at HSL about two years ago but was not yet commissioned for regular operations due to change in contractors.
The HSL management, with the help of three new contractors, started conducting a trial run of the crane when its cabin and base snapped and collapsed on Saturday as a dead-weight load was being tested, leaving 11 dead, Visakhapatnam District Collector V Vinay Chand said.
There were no other casualties in the incident, he added. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy spoke to Vinay Chand and enquired about the incident.
Reddy directed the Collector and Visakhapatnam city Commissioner of Police R K Meena to take required follow-up action.
Of the 11 deceased, four were employees of HSL, including a supervisor, while the other seven were workers of three contracting agencies, the Collector told reporters after inspecting the mishap site.