Crane Accidents

Evidence Insufficient in Canary Wharf Crane Collapse



The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has decided there is insufficient evidence to support any action regarding the tower crane collapse at Canada Square, London which resulted in the death of three workers on 21 May 2000.

In a report, published this week, the HSE said after exhaustive investigations, its inspectors, the Metropolitan Police, lifting specialists and external experts could find no conclusive explanation for the incident.

Rosi Edwards, HSE acting chief inspector of construction, said: “While we have been unable to prove how or why this tragic incident occurred, the investigation has identified a number of actions the industry needs to take.”

The HSE said all tower crane operators must thoroughly check their external climbing equipment complies with the latest lifting regulations.

Meanwhile, work is currently underway by the Construction Industry Research and Information Association on new guidance about tower crane stability, while the British Standard BS 7121 part 5 on tower cranes is being revised.

Category: Report Update


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