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Bow crane collapse protest: 'Laws must change'

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Safety campaigners are calling for new health and safety legislation after a crane collapsed in Bow, East London killing an 85-year-old woman and seriously injuring a worker.


Police were called at 2.40pm on 8 July to a housing development at Watts Grove, Bow, where a 20m crane had crashed onto two adjacent houses.

June Harvey, 85, a resident at one of the terrace houses in Compton Close, was killed and a construction worker was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

The Construction Safety Campaign group (CSC) protested at the site on 9 July

Two other people suffered head injuries and a further two were treated at the scene.

The Construction Safety Campaign group (CSC) protested at the site on 9 July to call for new safety laws to prevent further crane deaths.

In a statement, they said: “The UK has a dreadful history in the collapse of cranes which has led to so many deaths.” It said the Crewe crane collapse in 2017 which killed three workers was part of a string of other incidents.

CSC is pressing for laws including a ‘shelf life’ limit on cranes after which they must be scrapped and a restriction on the number of hours crane drivers can work to prevent fatigue.

The CSC also wants the crane register – established following the Battersea crane disaster of 2006 – to be re-instated, after it was scrapped in 2010 as part of the government’s ‘red tape’ drive.

Metropolitan Police, HSE and London Fire Brigade have begun a joint investigation.

According to the BBC, the crane that collapsed was being used by Swan Housing Association and NU living.

A spokeswoman for Swan Housing Association and NU living said: "Our staff are on site to provide support to the emergency response and the investigation."

 

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