One of the mobile cranes working on the new Pembroke St carpark building site taking down the tower crane was forced to use a controlled drop procedure and as a result the crane tower has come down over (but not on) Pembroke St. The carpark construction is part of Waikato Hospital’s campus redevelopment.
No-one was hurt.
The procedure was carried out when the tower crane was in a planned process of being decommissioned, but the mobile crane taking the weight of the boom was made unstable when a watermain beneath it burst. The mobile crane quickly lowered the boom in a controlled drop procedure.
The road is now closed to traffic except ambulances. Traffic is being diverted through the hospital campus and Selwyn Street.
The road was already closed for the planned decommissioning of the tower crane.
Emergency services and an Incident Management Team are at the site to coordinate the incident.
There is minimal disruption to the campus.
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