The site workers killed at a Seddon site in Crewe yesterday had been erecting a tower crane at the time it collapsed, Seddon boss Jonathan Seddon has confirmed.
Police were called to the site on Dunwoody Way, Crewe, at 4:30pm yesterday following reports of a crane collapse, after which two workers were confirmed as dead.
One worker, believed to be the crane driver, was taken to hospital with serious injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.
In a statement, Seddon chief executive Jonathan Seddon said: “I’m deeply saddened to say that following the incident involving the erection of a crane two people working on site have lost their lives, while a third remains injured in hospital.
“The crane also struck an adjacent house, the occupants were taken to hospital and have since been discharged.
“On behalf of everyone at Seddon I’d like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of those who so tragically lost their lives yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody involved, and words cannot express how we feel.
“At this time I cannot speculate as to the cause of this incident, but needless to say there will be a full investigation and Seddon is working closely with the emergency services and Health and Safety Executive.”
When contacted by Construction News, Seddon could not confirm whether the two workers were Seddon employees.
Trade union Unite’s national officer for construction Bernard McAulay said: “At this time our thoughts and condolences are with the families of the workers killed or injured in this terrible accident.
“We are currently examining if any of the victims were members of Unite and if so, we will do everything industrially and legally to achieve justice for them.”
He added: “It is imperative that the Health and Safety Executive investigates and as a matter of urgency provides advice and reassurance to ensure that similar accidents cannot and will not happen again.”
Seddon was building an 84-bed care home on the site at the time of the crane’s collapse.
The Bolton-based contractor started work on the site earlier this year and is currently in the process of clearing the former surface car park for construction of the two-storey care home.
Seddon is also acting as developer and contractor on the project alongside Keenrick Care Homes as the care home operator.
The scheme was first approved in 2010, but the project stalled soon after Seddon first started on site due to funding difficulties.
A new planning application was lodged in 2016 for the site and was approved in February this year.
According to planning documents, the site measures 0.87 ha and lies adjacent to the entrance to an industrial site owned by Bombardier.