Safety Alert: Fatal Crane Collapse in Crewe

Many people may be aware of a recent fatal incident involving the crane collapse in Crewe.

Specifically, the incident occurred in Crewe at 4.30pm on Wednesday 21st June 2017.  It has currently been identified that two site workers died after being trapped under the crane.  A third man, believed to be the operator, was airlifted to Royal Stoke Hospital with serious injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.  Attending Police also identified that a house neighbouring the site was also damaged but the occupants were unharmed.

A statement from Seddon, the Principal Contractor, read: “We are aware of an incident at our construction site on Dunwoody Way, Crewe. At this early stage we are working with the emergency services and authorities in order to provide the necessary assistance. We will provide further updates once more information becomes available.”

It is pertinent that these basic details of the incident are understood and that all construction sites remain vigilant during the safe planning of construction activities and specifically lifting operations. There is obviously a potential that the HSE may focus the attention of inspectorates to construction sites and review the planning and management of lifting activities.


At this time, all project teams should ensure that all lifting activities are appropriately managed.  The planning of all lifting activities should be reviewed to confirm the local environment and ground conditions do not undermine the lifting process.  Lifting plans should be suitably devised and available in line with known information    All parties involved in the lifting operations should be confirmed as competent with recorded evidence retained onsite.  Lifting equipment utilised should be within the identified dates for the required LOLER statutory examinations and all daily and weekly checks should be reviewed accordingly to ensure all lifting plant/equipment is safe and fit-for-purpose.

If you have any queries regarding the above information or beyond, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Epica Health & Safety.