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MAJOR INCIDENT: HELICOPTER STRIKES TOWER CRANE

Traffic chaos hits roads and two deaths reported

The BBC and others have reported that a helicopter has crashed into a crane in Vauxhall, south London. The crash is thought to have involved two cars and an unknown number of people. Two people are reported dead at the scene and one other person has been rescued from a burning car.

A spokesman for London Fire Brigade was unable to give details but said: “We are taking lots of emergency calls at the moment.” A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We had a call at approximately 8am this morning and we are dealing with an incident.”

The incident is believed to have involved the Tower at St George Wharf which will be one of the tallest residential buildings in Europe. The tower rises 185m to where a 10m vertical axis wind turbine will generate electricity that will power the lighting in the commmon areas.

The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) publication:“Safe Use of Top Slew Tower Cranes – Best Practice Guide” provides guidance on tower cranes sited in the vicinity of an airfield or airport. The  CPA guide also states that further guidance on cranes in the vicinity of airfields is given in:-

  • Cranes and planes – guide to procedures for operation of cranes in the vicinity of aerodromes: Airport Operators Association (AOA).
  • Voluntary Code of Practice for the safe use of cranes in and around airports: Off-highway Plant and Equipment Research Centre
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One Response to “MAJOR INCIDENT: HELICOPTER STRIKES TOWER CRANE”

  1. HELICOPTER COLLISION WITH TOWER CRANE UPDATE | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

    […] Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has published Special Bulletin S1/2013 concerning the incident in which a helicopter flying to the east of Battersea Heliport struck the jib of a crane, […]