When confronted with the allegation, owner Donald Craig told the Daily Record: “It’s not the same place.
“There was a fault in boom number three – but that was boom number two.
“It was all safely done the last time. There were new booms, so it was nothing to do with that.
“I really can’t say anything, it’s under investigation. We are so sorry about the man’s fatality.
“But until it is investigated, we can’t comment on anything. We are not qualified to say anything.
“We are all devastated about that metal failure. It all has to be examined by experts now.”
Craig bought the crane in 2009 after previous owners, Newcastle- based ES Access, went into administration.
It was supposed to be in the process of being repaired in Italy after ES Access owner Paul Hunwick discovered metal fatigue in the boom.
Hunwick said: “The boom had a crease in it. You have to have them inspected every six months and we found this problem.
“We contacted the manufacturers and sent it to Italy to have two new boom sections put in.
“We paid a £12,000 deposit to have them built but our company went into administration shortly after that and administrators took over the assets.