Investigation Launched into Fatal 20m London Crane Collapse

THE BODY of a woman who sadly died at a crane collapse in Bow, London has been recovered.

The Health and Safety Executive, London Fire Brigade and Metropolitan Police are investigating the cause of the crane collapse in what the agencies say “is likely to be a protracted operation”.

The 20m crane was operating on 8 July at the construction site of a new housing development for Swan Housing in Gale Street, E3. The re-development of the former substation has one new apartment block almost completed.

Roof impact

The base end of the crane fell on to the new apartment block’s roof, which remained intact after the accident.

However, as the crane collapsed it hit two houses on nearby Compton Close, according to the London Fire Brigade.

The woman whose body was recovered occupied the house which took the main impact of the crane crashing through its roof.

Two people were taken to hospital with serious injuries. A construction worker remains in hospital in a critical condition.

London Fire Brigade’s Assistant Commissioner Graham Ellis said:

“A 20 metre crane collapsed onto a block of flats under development and into two terraced houses on Compton Close.

“Our Urban Search and Rescue crews undertook a complex rescue operation and used specialist equipment to search the properties.

“Sadly, one woman died at the scene. The London Ambulance Service have confirmed that two people were taken to hospital with head injuries and a further two were treated at the scene.”

The Brigade was called at 14.39 and used a drone to provide aerial imagery to aid with the rescue.

Unite has called for the results of the investigation to be made public as soon as possible.

Unite National Officer for Construction Jerry Swain said: “Yet again we have seen a crane collapse on a construction site.

“There must be an urgent, full and complete investigation into the circumstances that led to this accident. The preliminary findings must be released in weeks, rather months or years, in order to ensure that similar accidents are avoided in the future.”

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