There’s been a major accident on the site of the controversial Northcliff Lodge / “St Adress” apartment site this afternoon.
A tracked excavator – evidently working on a mound of earth – has overturned and crashed through steel barriers to end up resting on its side with its jib arm perilously near the existing Northcliff flat complex.
At this stage it’s not known what happened to the digger’s driver and whether he escaped uninjured from his cab.
It’s understood that construction work on the site has had to be closed down and “frozen” pending the arrival of Health and Safety Inspectors .
The tracked vehicle had toppled over whilst working at the edge of what appears to be a large mound of loose earth .It’s understood the digger lost its balance and went head over heels down the slope.
The accident may not bode well for construction of the 30 new apartments on the Northcliff Lodge site – where locals say the incline is a darned sight steeper than the mound which tripped up the contractor’s equipment today.