“Just a normal day on top of a crane..”

The Belfast Telegraph report at the time had a somewhat misleading headline, although the quoted eyewitness does say “knocked over”. The Newsletter report from the same date, 5th April, detailed the incident more accurately. And now the BBC has some, heavily edited, footage.

A spokesman for Harland & Wolff confirmed that they believed the film was genuine. “It relates to an incident which occurred at the shipyard on Wednesday 4 April,” he said. “But we can make no further comment as the incident is currently the subject of an investigation. We are relieved that no injuries were caused.”

Those of a less sensitive disposition may look below the fold.As I was saying here’s the unedited version for those of a less sensitive disposition.

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    as the man says himself, holy shit.

  • Hmm, interesting that Jim Rodgers claimed that “these things happen”- that wouldn’t have been much comfort to bereaved families had anyone been unfortunate enough to perish as a result of this incident.

  • interested

    No doubt had someone been injured Mr Rodgers would have been “innundated” with concerned people!

  • Murphy

    Does any oe else dislike the ‘spide’ accent?

  • Mustapha Mond

    “Does any oe else dislike the ‘spide’ accent?”

    Its a Belfast accent, I think it is a nice way of talking, I like it alot, And I try and use Belfastisms as much as possible.

  • Sean

    Does any oe else dislike the ‘spide’ accent?

    Posted by Murphy on Apr 16, 2007 @ 04:51

    Exactly how f**cking stupid is this statement

    Does anyone know a scale we can quantify it on

    i am thinking 14 out of 10 on the stupidity scale

  • Murphy

    Clealry a nerve has been touched!

  • Roisin

    Holy shit indeed. What a twit.

  • Cahal

    I thought they had to wear clothes pegs on their noses because of the altitude, then I realised they were from Belfast.

    BTW, why do Derry men keep pigeons? To teach their children how to walk.

    Thank you, I’m here all week.

  • Comrade Stalin

    The word spide describes an attitude, and an unwillingness to live in peace and harmony with your neighbours. It’s not as simple as an accent.

  • Dr Strangelove

    Is it any wonder the yard has been on its knees for years if the dopey bastards allow that to happen ?

  • McGrath

    No doubt the H&W sales depart are now saying holy shit as their clients view this video clip. It says a lot about the competence of all involved.

  • Gonzo

    Comrade – don’t forget that there’s a fashion element too.

    And people have the cheek to question the workmanship on the Titanic…


    *ducks and covers*

  • GurnyGub

    Belfast is rightly proud of having built the Titanic…it took an English captain to find that iceberg though

  • ken

    A nice tribute on the anniversary of the titanic.

    Good to see the skill levels kept up !!

  • Comrade Stalin

    Comrade – don’t forget that there’s a fashion element too.

    Well, you could call it that.

    Spides are the new kulaks!

  • Oranges for Sale

    Gonzo, McGrath, Dr Strangelove, ken

    Smug comments aside, the H&W shipyard has always been a dangerous place with dozens of workers getting killed and injured each year during its golden era. Industrial accidents happen all the time and its an accepted hazard of any manual job, especially in the heavy industry sector. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a university degree or a cushy but yet irrelevant job were they can blog on Slugger all day long. So sit back in your comfortable office chairs lads, and have a good old laugh! Oh and mid that paper clip….

  • susan

    Straight up, OFS.

    Workers of the world, unite. You have nothing to lose but your cranes.

    Btw, what “accent”?

  • Roisin

    Oranges for Sale,

    Have you contacted those videoing the ‘accident’ to tell them not to be laughing? Did you note how they were predicting the ‘accident’? The ‘accident’ was due to negligence. End of. Get over it.

  • darth rumsfeld

    any truth in the story that the crane is called Trimble?

  • Yoda
    “…I only want to see you laughing in the broken crane, broken crane, broken crane…”
  • McGrath

    Posted by Oranges for Sale on Apr 17, 2007 @ 11:41 AM


    You don’t think H&W customers would not be disturbed by the facts that some employee first of all had the time to lark around taking a video clip of the incident, and second of all was strangely in the right place at the right time.

    Save yourself the lecture, I work in the industrial sector. Contrary to you implying that some of us don’t understand that the industrial workplace is dangerous, I have enough experience to know that most accidents are avoidable and are typically brought about by negligence. This incident looks seriously sinister.