Two killed in bridge lift accident on Dutch construction site

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Two construction workers have died and another two were seriously injured when a section of bridge being lifted into place on a road project collapsed.

Two mobile cranes were lifting a bridge arch into place for a ring road project in the city of Lochem in the Netherlands when the accident happened. Dutch firm BAM is main contractor on the project.

According to reports, witness heard a loud ban before the arch swung and fell to the ground, hitting scaffolding where several workers were standing.

The cause of the collapse is not yet clear and an investigation is underway.

In a statement, a BAM spokesperson said, “Management and staff of BAM are very affected by the tragic event in Lochem. Our thoughts are primarily with the families of the two victims, the two injured employees, their families, as well as to colleagues and everyone who was present during the incident. Support is being made available to them.

“An investigation is underway, and BAM is working closely with all relevant authorities.”


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