ZJCC closes site following crane accident that killed nine

The company has arranged counselling support for the families of the deceased.

In Summary

• Two Chinese were among the nine who died when a crane collapsed at a construction site in Nairobi’s Hurlingham area.

• The one who was injured was treated and discharged and is recuperating at home.

The scene where eight people were killed after a crane crumbled at a construction site in Kilimani area on August 26, 2021
The scene where eight people were killed after a crane crumbled at a construction site in Kilimani area on August 26, 2021
Image: ANDREW KASUKU

Zhejiang Chenjian Construction (Africa) has announced that the Hurlingham site will remain closed following a crane accident on Thursday.

Two Chinese were among the nine who died when a crane collapsed at a construction site in Nairobi’s Hurlingham area.

In a statement released on Saturday, ZJCC General Manager Zong Xudong said that the site will remain closed as they work with all relevant authorities to determine the cause of the accident.

"We are continuing to cooperate and work with all relevant authorities to determine the cause of the accident. In the meanwhile, the site remains closed," Xudong said.

The statement further reads that the company has arranged counselling support for the families of the deceased and, "we are committed to provide them the necessary support."

"We are in touch with the immediate families of the deceased and we are committed to provide them the necessary support."

One worker survived the crash and was rushed to the hospital following the mid-day accident.

"The injured was treated and discharged and is recuperating at home," Xudong said.

Witnesses said 10 workers were dismantling the 60-metre crane when it collapsed and trapped the nine in the rubble.

Kilimani police boss Muturi Mbogo said the machine collapsed as it was being dismantled by the technicians who had completed their work.

The nine men who died were on Friday identified in an emotional event at Chiromo mortuary.

Those identified were Cheng Xiaoli 33, Chen Jianguo 47, Danson Kahindo 50, Joseph Mutugi 32, Peter Ng'ang'a 24, Dickson Ondieki 30, David Okiki 32, Enock Obara 32 and Stanely Alyssa 24.

Officials at the mortuary announced a postmortem exercise will be conducted on the bodies on August 28 before they know the way forward.

Edited by T. Mutinda


The scene where eight people were killed after a crane crumbled at a construction site in Kilimani area on August 26, 2021
The scene where eight people were killed after a crane crumbled at a construction site in Kilimani area on August 26, 2021
Image: ANDREW KASUKU