Long wait for Wolli Creek residents after crane collapse

Quick response: A crane was in the process of being set up when it fell backwards, slamming into a nearby penthouse apartment. Picture: Michele Mossop

Quick response: A crane was in the process of being set up when it fell backwards, slamming into a nearby penthouse apartment. Picture: Michele Mossop

Wolli Creek residents could wait up to another two days before being allowed to return home after a crane collapse on Sunday.

The crane is believed to have been in the process of being set up when it fell backwards, slamming into the penthouse apartment in Brodie Spark Drive and causing structural damage to the upper levels and roof of the building.

Around 160 people from the 88 apartments in the building impacted by the crane's fall have had to be accommodated elsewhere after being evacuated on Sunday morning. 

Authorities including NSW Fire & Rescue experts, engineers and NSW Police worked into Sunday evening in an attempt to stabilise and secure the crane. 

They spent Monday working on a plan on how to dismantle the crane.

NSW Police said on Monday the crane hadn't moved since its collapse and they planned to pull it down in stages.

Contractor Probuild released a statement on Monday and said the site is now secure and the crane is stabilised.

‘’We are continuing to work with emergency services, authorities, our engineers and engineers from Public Works and SafeWork to safely remove the crane as soon as possible,’’ the statement said.

‘’While our first priority is to safely remove the crane, we are also undertaking our own inquiries into the incident.

‘’We will provide further updates over the coming days via our Twitter account and our website.’’

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