Crane Accidents

Relatives of Crane Collapse Victims Hope to Prosecute



An engineer has brought fresh hope to relatives of the victims of the Canary Wharf crane disaster.

The families of the three victims were outraged last summer when a five-year investigation into the tragedy failed to result in any prosecutions.

Peter Clarke, 33, Michael Whittard, 39 and Martin Burgess, 31, died when the crane they were working on collapsed during the construction of HSBC’s World HQ in Canada Square on May 21, 2000.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive brought insufficient evidence for prosecution against Hewden Tower Crane, the firm for which the three men were working at the time.

But an engineer who has looked over the HSE’s report has spotted new evidence to suggest that a prosecution could still come about.

Category: Report Update


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