Perspective - Other Crane Failures


This page looks at the reasons behind the recent surge in crane accidents, including: news stories about crane accidents, statistics, comment from industry experts, and links to other useful websites about crane accidents.

Why has there been so much interest in crane accidents lately?

The last few years have seen a number of high profile crane accidents in which eight people have been killed. These accidents include:

  • Forest Hill, South London, December 2007. The luffing jib of a crane owned by Deco Design & Build collapsed on a small housing site near Forest Hill station. The HSE investigation is ongoing.
  • Croydon, June 2007. A crane operator wsa injured when a crane supplied by Laing O'Rourke subsidiary Select collapsed on a hotel in Croydon. The HSE investigation established that the top of the crane had not been connected to the climbing frame and served an immediate prohibition notice on Select.
  • Liverpool, January 2007. One site worker was killed after being struck by the falling jib of a crane supplied by Falcon Crane Hire, on a David McLean site. The HSE is yet to pass verdict. Eye-witnesses have speculated that high winds may have caused the collapse.
  • Battersea, September 2006. A crane operator and a passer-by were killed by a collapsing crane on a Barratt Homes site. The HSE is still investigating, having removed parts of the stricken crane for analysis at its laboratory in Derbyshire. 
  • Worthing, February 2005. Two site workers were killed during the dismantling of a crane on a Willmott Dixon school site. The HSE passed a verdict of accidental death after finding that some bolts on the crane had come loose, which caused the collapse.
  • Canary Wharf, May 2000. Three site workers were killed during a climbing operation involving a Hewden crane. The HSE has said it will probably never know the cause of the crane accident and that there will be no prosecutions. However, there is a civil case pending.

So are crane accidents actually increasing?


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