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Storm Malik brings down tower crane in Sweden

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A tower crane went over in Malmo, Sweden on Saturday (29th Jan) as high winds from Storm Malik hit the city.

Thankfully no one was hurt in the incident and damage was limited to office containers and the road surface. The crane, on the other hand, which is from the Lambertsson fleet, was totally destroyed.

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MALMÖ 2022-01-30 En strid ström av nyfikna passerar på söndagen förbi den byggkran som välte och lade sig på ICA Maxis parkering och Stora Varvsgatan i centrala Malmö då stormen Malik härjade som värst i Skåne. Ett antal byggbodar krossades av den fallande kranen, men ingen person kom till skada. SMHI har kvar en orange varning för stormbyar i södra och västra Sverige och dessutom en orange varning för höga vattennivåer. Foto: Johan Nilsson / TT / Kod 50090

The crane was being used by contractor Nimab Entreprenad, its chief executive Martin Andersson issued a statement to the press which said: “This was a worrying incident, and I do not even want to think about what could have happened if the containers had been full of people. We do not yet know why the crane blew over, but we are investigating.

Lambertsson, from whom we rent the crane, is also investigating. And we ourselves have had people on site who have so far not seen anything that might provide clues to what happened. For example, neither the ground nor the foundation has given way. We are worried about how that could happen at all. This is not uncommon for cranes to blow over like this.”

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