Australia – Strong winds in Sydney, Australia has caused a construction site crane to blow out of control and smash in to James Packer’s upcoming Barangaroo casino establishment.
Scorching weather meant that the construction site was left unattended earlier in the day as workers were sent home early.
The unattended crane wobbled in the wind gusts before spinning and colliding with the building.
The casino venue windows were smashed but it is unclear whether there has been any structural damage.
A Crown Resorts spokesperson commented on the freak incident:
“The site was closed at the time, and nobody was injured… A full safety review of the crane equipment is being conducted. Crown is committed to the safety of its employees, contractors and visitors”
James Packer has recently been in media headlines lately as he will be called to give evidence at an inquiry in to the proposed Crown Resorts 20% stake deal to Melco Resorts and Entertainment.
An eye witness office employee who works close to the site said:
“We saw the crane, it was completely out of control and it hit the window at least three times, it was scary… The same window three times, it completely smashed it”.
The building is scheduled to open in 2021 after already being delayed from its original planned opening of December 2020. The building will be the home of Crown Sydney – a casino and hotel complex, which when complete will become Sydney’s third tallest building at a height of around 271 metres.
The new casino, which will be Sydney’s second legal casino establishment, will operate with VIP member restrictions.