Crane Accidents

UK Crane Death Inquiry Launched

11/15/98

United Kingdom

Crane Being used to Install Telephone Lines An investigation is under way into the death of a man crushed under a 30-tonne crane.

The accident happened in a car park of the Royal Liverpool University hospital where engineers were installing telephone lines on the 12th floor.

A doctor from the casualty department tended to the 37-year-old man who was semi-conscious after suffering crush injuries to his chest and pelvis.

Security staff alerted a casualty ambulance and the man was tended to at scene and stabilised before he was taken inside the hospital where he later died.

Tony Lee, operational director at the hospital, said the circumstances surrounding the accident were still unclear although it is believed a section of the crane fell away from the main body.

He said: “An outside firm with a large mobile crane had come onto the hospital site to lift a telecommunications system on to the roof of the main ward block.

“There was an accident in which one of their employees was crushed.”

Mr Lee explained that the work had been carefully planned and the car park where the accident happened cordoned off for health and safety reasons.

He said: “It was not a visitors car park and because of the work which was taking place, there were no cars there and no one else was injured.”

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