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“Sheer luck” prevented crane collapse injuries

Ucatt, the construction workers’ union has called for an urgent inquiry into a London building site accident yesterday.

The accident happened when the jib of a crane collapsed on a site in Forest Hill, south-east London. Ucatt said it was only “sheer luck” that no workers or members of the public.

Regional official Jerry Swain said: “The level of accidents involving cranes is so high that workers fear that there must be some kind of fundamental flaw in their operation or installation.”

“We must have a swift inquiry in order to establish whether the necessary inspections had been conducted on the crane and what went wrong.”

Ucatt figures report there have been eight deaths, 24 serious injuries involving cranes, since 2000.

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