New steps to boost crane safety welcomed

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New steps to boost crane safety welcomed

14th July 2009

The news that the Health and Safety Executive is just days away from taking steps to boost tower crane safety has been welcomed by Fentons partner Karl Tonks.

Karl, who specialises in personal injury claims involving accidents at work, was speaking after a crane driver was seriously injured in Merseyside's latest crane accident.

The driver was thrown from the 200ft machine in the incident at Chandlers Wharf, as it smashed into a city centre apartment block. Its five-tonne counterweight then ploughed through six occupied floors and into the building's sub-basement.

"According to statistics, there have been at least 11 other high-profile crane smashes in Merseyside since 2006," said Karl. "The potential for destruction and devastation is enormous, and as this latest accident has shown, these incidents pose a serious risk to human life."

Shortly after the accident, the HSE confirmed it would be launching a campaign to force all tower crane operators to join a register in order to tackle building site safety. The register would form part of a package of measures which involves the HSE and the construction industry continuing to work closely to address issues around tower cranes, such as improving the competence of installers and operators and improving design.

"Anything that helps to improve the safety of cranes on building sites is a welcome move," said Karl. "I've seen far too many cases where people have suffered horrific injuries due to accidents on building sites - particularly involving cranes - and the difficulties those people have to face in rebuilding their lives can be enormous.

How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of accidents at work. If you think that you have a case or require further information contact Fentons on 0800 019 1297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.

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