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A crane collapse at a construction site in Bow, East London (July 2020) has led to the death of a women 85-year-old woman, June Harvey, with a construction worker remaining critically ill in hospital. The victim was described as a "very caring woman" who was "loyal to her family" by her great nephew, Sam Atkinson, 28, who lived with her, alongside his mother. Our thoughts are with the families and all those affected by this tragic accident.

Construction Safety campaign demands an urgent, full, and complete investigation into the circumstances that led to this accident without there being any delay. The CSC calls for the lessons to be learned and followed up by changes in health and safety law to ensure that similar accidents don’t take place in the future.

 

The CSC said that our country has a dreadful history in the collapse of cranes which has led to so many deaths:

 

On 21 June 2017, a crane collapsed in Crewe killing two workers, David Newall, 36, and Rhys Barker, 18, and injuring one other person. On 25 July 2017, it was announced that a third man David Webb, 43 years of age, had now died from his injuries.

 

On 6 January 2017, a manager at a plant hire firm was jailed for two years over a crane collapse in Glasgow that killed one worker and seriously injured another on 20 June 2012. Garry Currie was killed and Mr Nisbet, a self-employed worker suffered serious head injuries when the collapse happened.

 

In September 2006 a crane driver, Jonathan Cloke and a member of the public, Michael Alexia were killed from a crane collapse on a Barrett’s Building site in Battersea South West London. This this led to the setting up of the ‘Battersea Crane Disaster Action Group’ and further led to our success of getting the “Conventional Tower Crane Regulations” in 2009 and the Registration of Cranes This was got rid of when the Tory Government was returned to power in 2010. Disgracefully, it took ten years for the Battersea crane collapse case to go to court.

 

We need to bring back the rescinded 2009 Crane Regulations but extend these regulations to include all types of Cranes.

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The UK is one of the worst countries for having tower Crane accidents. In the decade before the Crane register the HSE said there were 60 Crane accidents, 9 deaths and 25 serious injuries.

 

Increasingly, prosecutions by the HSE take an enormous amount of time. This is a callous way to treat bereaved families who not only suffer the totally unnecessary and negligent death of a loved one they are then are plunged into many years of legal nightmares.  This must change.

  

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