Responding to the news that a tower crane has collapsed in Gale Street, Bow, East London today (Wednesday 8 July), Unite national officer for construction Jerry Swain said:

“Yet again we have seen a crane collapse on a construction site. Our thoughts are with those injured in this accident and we hope that no one has been seriously injured and that there has been no loss of life.

“Unite is in the process of contacting the company to discover more details about this accident.

“There must be an urgent, full and complete investigation into the circumstances that led to this accident. The preliminary findings of which must be released in weeks, rather months or years, in order to ensure that similar accidents are avoided in the future.”

ENDS

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