75 tonne piling rig topples over at London site (Video)

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A massive 75 tonne piling rig operated by Keltbray has fallen over while working at the Ebury Bridge development site in Westminster.

Video footage of a toppled over Soilmec SR-75 piling rig appeared on social media this week with shocked workers unable to work out why the rig had toppled over.

A spokesperson from Bouygues UK on site where construction started in November on the first phase of 226 new homes, said the incident involving the piling rig operated by Keltbray took place on Tuesday afternoon (1 March).

A Keltbray spokesperson also confirmed the incident commented saying that: “Our health and safety site protocols were highly influential in ensuring there were no casualties or injuries.

“The area has been made safe, and while investigations are continuing to fully understand the circumstances of the incident and a safe recovery plan developed, it would be inappropriate to comment further or speculate as to the cause.”

“The area has been made safe, and while investigations are continuing to fully understand the circumstances of the incident and a safe recovery plan developed, it would be inappropriate to comment further or speculate as to the cause.”

Bouygues UK’s spokesperson continued to say: “We operate strict health and safety protocols on the site; nobody was injured and we are working with Keltbray, who are conducting an investigation, to understand the exact circumstances around this incident.”

Keltrbray is specialist piling contractor on the site of the £350M Ebury Bridge housing scheme. Westminster City Council handed the site over to Bouygues UK last November for development.

The Ebury Bridge Estate is expected to include 781 new homes in total.