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Third man dies after Crewe crane collapse

A third man has now died following the collapse of a tower crane in Crewe six weeks ago.

Cheshire Police confirmed that David Webb (pictured), 43, died from his injuries sustained at the Seddon site in Crewe on 21 June.

David Newall, 36, from Bradford, and Rhys Barker, 18, were also killed while erecting the crane at the site at Dunwoody Way.

Both men worked as crane erectors for Norfolk-based Falcon Tower Crane Services.

A police statement at the time of the incident said Mr Webb, an electrician from St Neots, had suffered serious injuries.

Cheshire Police are continuing to work alongside the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), local authority and building control to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

A tribute from Mr Webb’s family said: “Dave died from doing a job that he loved and was very passionate about.

“Dave was a fun-loving character who lived his life to the full. He was known for his large personality and sung his way through life.

“He will be sadly missed by his partner Nathalie, children Maisy and Charlie, his mum Jenny, his sister Julie, his brother Mark, their families and his many friends.

“It’s a heartbreaking time for the family as we lost Dave’s beloved father Alan six days before Dave passed away.”

Seddon chief executive Jonathan Seddon said: “Sadly, we have learnt that David Webb, 43, who sustained serious injuries during the incident at our site on Dunwoody Way in Crewe on Wednesday 21 June 2017, has died.

“On behalf of myself and everyone at Seddon, I’d like to offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues at Falcon Tower Crane Services Ltd.

“Seddon is continuing to co-operate with the police and Health and Safety Executive during the course of this investigation and remains committed to ensuring all reasonable measures are taken to keep people safe on our construction sites.”

A statement released by Falcon Tower Crane Services at the time of the incident on 21 June said: “We consider health and safety to be of paramount importance and we have taken every step to ensure that all procedures are conducted as safely and efficiently as possible.

“We will leave no stone unturned to establish what went wrong and we will co-operate fully with all authorities to understand fully the causes of this tragic accident and to learn all safety lessons to be sure that safety remains of paramount importance.”

Falcon Tower Crane Services has been contacted for comment. 

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