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Authorities deny reports of fatality in crane fall in Dubai Filed on November 1, 2013

Tecom, DTMFZA say two workers were injured in the accident, preliminary investigationcompleted.

Authorities have denied reports about a man’s death after a window-cleaning platform crashed from the 34th floor of a tower in the Tecom areaon Tuesdaymorning.

TheDubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority(DTMFZA)on Thursdayconfirmed that there wasno fatality in the incidentas reported by a section of the media.

The DTMFZA said it has completed its preliminary investigation into the incident at Al Shaiba Tower A. “While we are prohibited from disclosing full details at this time,we can confirm that no fatalities resulted from the incident.”

The authority said one man was in hospital following prompt medical treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. “The second man sustained minor facial injuries in the accident and has already been discharged. We will continue to work with the Dubai Police and other authorities throughout the course of the investigation and will take appropriate action once the process has been completed,” its statement added.

Tecom Investments also issued a similar statement.

“We are pleased to confirm that the incident at Al Shaiba Tower A did not result in any fatalities, contrary to initial media reports. DTMFZA and Tecom Investments have been in direct contact with the two men injured in the incident to check on their welfare and gain a better understanding of what occurred. We will continue to liaise with DTMFZA, the regulator for the area, and provide our assistance in resolving this matter,” it said.

Khaleej Times had reported that the men were working under the platform, on the ground floor, when the collapse took place.

Eyewitnesses said they were stunned when they heard a loud noise and saw the crane come crashing down on top of three workers.

The crane also caused damage to six vehicles in the area, one of which was still occupied by its driver, as well as the injury of two passers-by.

As a result of the collapse, windows on the 31st floor were also damaged.

Amira Agarib

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