On 11 September 2015, a crawler crane toppled over onto the Masjid al-Haram, the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. 118 individuals were executed and 394 harmed.
The construction firm belongs to the Saudi bin Laden group, It had been working for four years on a 400,000sq m (4.3m sqft) enlargement of the Grand Mosque, to accommodate increasing numbers of pilgrims. The occurrence apparently happened in a matter of seconds before 5:20 p.m. on Friday.
There were solid dust storms in the area over the former week. . There were likewise reports of winds of more than 40 kilometers for every hour (25 mph). The definite reason for the crane breakdown was not affirmed.
Dangers of city’s construction boom
Dr Irfan al-Alawi, the executive director of the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation, said: “It is a tragedy what has happened, but it didn’t come as a surprise. There have been many accidents. Last year, the last few floors of a building being constructed right next to the clock tower caught fire and they had to call the fire engine from Taif, which is about 45 mins away, to help extinguish it.
“There is no health and safety system in place. In London when you have construction work the public are kept away, but in Mecca machinery is deployed in areas accessible to the public,” Dr Alawi said. “There are not enough volunteers looking to check children do not go into the dangerous areas. Even some of the engineers don’t have safety gear, helmets or gloves to wear, because it is very hot, summer time temperatures 45C.”