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Battersea crane crash case finally settles

Battersea residents relieved as compensation agreed after crane smash

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29 June 2010

Gene Matthews, a partner in Leigh Day’s complex claims team, has secured compensation of several hundred thousand pounds for the people affected by a catastrophic crane crash in Battersea, South London in September 2006 at a construction site operated by construction company Barratts.  Leigh Day represented a number of personal injury claimants, and also handled a business interruption claim.

The crane crash occurred in the early evening of Tuesday 26 September 2006, when a 165 foot crane collapsed onto a block of flats in Battersea, killing two people, injuring others and leaving many residents homeless. Our clients included Jannette Vincent, who was in her flat with her young grandchild at the time of the crane’s collapse, when the windows in her flat came crashing in.

Ms Vincent said:

"I am so happy that Leigh Day agreed to take on my case.  I would not have been able to endure the difficult process without the ongoing help and support provided by Gene Matthews."

Crane safety

The Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes Regulations 2010 came into force in the UK on 6th April 2010.  This new law is intended to improve the safety of tower cranes on construction sites such as the one in Battersea. The regulations introduce a statutory registration scheme for tower cranes and were developed by the Health and Safety Executive in response to increasing concerns about crane safety following the Battersea collapse. Eight people have died in the UK since 2000 in incidents involving tower cranes.

Other elements in the package to improve tower crane safety include:

  • creating a competency requirements framework for crane erectors and dismantlers
  • undertaking more research into the effect of wind loading on cranes
  • consideration of the adequacy of crane design standards
  • greater research to improve understanding of crane accidents at an international level
  • greater promotion of the industry safe crane campaign to improve public confidence in crane safety.


For more information about this case please contact Gene Matthews on 020 7650 1200.

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