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Crane crashes through McDonald's roof
MCDONALD’S workers escaped a Big Whack when a crane came crashing through their restaurant roof.
No-one was “loving it” as the large yellow crane apparently overstretched, toppled over and smashed through the drive-through service area at McDonald’s in Consett, County Durham, at about 1pm today (Friday, September 20).
No-one was injured but it appears substantial damage has been caused and the restaurant has been closed.
An eye witness said the crane had been lifting a refrigeration unit over the roof when it toppled over.
One restaurant worker said: “It was a bit of a shock.”
The Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the incident and is making inquiries jointly with Durham County Council.
A McDonald’s spokeswoman said: “This afternoon a crane has caused damage to the roof of our Consett restaurant.
“The crane had been on site to carry out scheduled development work and topped while moving an outdoor chiller unit.
“Thankfully nobody was injured. The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority and the restaurant will remain closed while the damage is fully assessed.”
The spokeswoman was unable to say how many staff or diners had been in the restaurant at the time but she said the drive-through area had been closed to customers and no-one was in the silver car pictured underneath the crane.
A spokesman for Reeds Bray Cranes, the crane operator, declined to comment.
Peter Divers, 56, a taxi driver from Consett, was on his way to McDonald’s with his four-year-old grandson Kieron.
“I had just picked him up from school and called for a McDonald’s, only for there to have been an accident.
“I wonder if they are going to make a new crane dipper or something? I hope everyone is OK.”
Steven Trainer, 26, a kitchen assistant from Gateshead, said: “I had just come out for a drive and as I was coming around the roundabout I saw the crane and stopped to have a look.
“It looks like the stabilisers were not set right. It’s made to think how carrying a refrigerator can make a crane like that topple over.”
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