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McCarthy addresses crane fears

HOUSE builder McCarthy & Stone is planning to meet residents of a Somerset town next week after fears that a tower crane on one its jobs could topple and collapse.

The crane was being used on a £5 million scheme to build 46 retirement flats in Burnham-onSea.

Police and inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive were called to the site at Rectory Road last Friday after workers reported that the 25 m high Potain crane, on hire from McCarthy & Stone Construction Services, had begun to list.

Work on site was stopped and police ordered families from 15 nearby houses and flats to leave their homes for the night. The crane was dismantled on Saturday morning and has been temporarily replaced by a mobile crane.

A McCarthy & Stone spokesman said: 'It seemed the piling the crane was on shifted by an inch, which was enough to put a lean on it.

'We won't be putting a replacement crane up until we've met the residents, which we're hoping to do on August 28.'

The HSE is not investigating the incident.