JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia has in part blamed the construction giant Saudi Binladin Group for the collapse last week of a crane at Mecca that killed at least 111 people and injured over 350 ahead of the hajj.
The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Tuesday that leaders of the Binladin Group have been banned from travelling abroad.
A royal decree by King Salman said investigators found that the group, which oversees construction projects at one of Islam's holiest sites, shouldn't have left the crane's arm up when it wasn't in use.
That crane crashed to the ground in high winds Friday.
Salman also ordered 1 million riyals ($267,000) be paid to the relatives of those killed, and the same amount to those permanently injured. Others injured will receive half that amount.