Crane collapse accident
A man was killed on the 29 March 2007 in Liverpool's third fatal crane accident in the last three months. The man was part of a construction team working at a site in Wavertree Technology Park when the crane collapsed and tragically killed him. It is believed he was a banksman on site, a position on the ground responsible for directing the crane driver. A second man was also injured in the accident, which happened on Wavertree Boulevard in the grounds of SHS International, a medical supplies company. The death is the second fatality involving a crane collapse and third deadly industrial accident involving a crane in the city this year.
The Health and Safety Executive is leading the investigation into the tragedy. The crane appeared to have upended, with the base seemingly flung into the air. Although details of the accident were not yet clear, the type of crane involved was a mobile vehicle and was not from the company Falcon, which was involved in a fatal accident on Colquitt Street in Liverpool in January.
On Monday 15 January 2007 a tower crane collapsed at a site at Colquitt Street. As a result of the accident one person was tragically killed and the driver of the crane was seriously injured. Merseyside Police are leading a joint investigation with the HSE.
Following this accident the HSE served a Prohibition Notice on Falcon Crane Hire Ltd, the company who supplied the crane, to take out of service all tower cranes in their fleet which have not been subject to a thorough examination by an independent competent person.
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