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Lawyer for Battersea crane collapse victims says Crewe crane collapse is a stark reminder of the importance of construction site safety

A lawyer who represented victims of the Battersea crane collapse has questioned the strength of current safety regulations following a fatal crane incident in Crewe which has killed two men.


23 June 2017

Gene Matthews represented a number of people who were injured when a crane collapsed onto a block of flats in Battersea, South London, in September 2006. The Battersea crane crash killed two people and injured others, leaving many residents homeless.
Emergency services attended a building site in Crewe at around 4.30pm on Wednesday 21 June 2017 following reports that a crane on the site had collapsed. Three people were trapped under the crane. One man was released and taken to hospital with serious injuries but the other two men sadly died.
The crane struck a house in the collapse but it was reported that the occupants were not injured. Images of the crane show that it appears to be a mobile crane.
The incident is currently being investigated by the police, in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive, Local Authority and Building Control.
Gene Matthews, partner in Leigh Day’s consumer law and product safety team, said:
“While it is not yet known what caused this tragic incident it is a stark reminder of the vital importance of health and safety standards on construction sites.
“It is disappointing that 11 years after the Battersea crane crash that incidents like this can still occur.
“The Government and Health and Safety Executive must ensure that current regulations are robust enough to ensure the safety and protection of both workers on constructions sites and those that live nearby.”

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