Two building site workers killed when a crane collapsed in Crewe have been identified.David Newall, 36, from Bradford, and Rhys Barker, 18, from Castleford, West Yorkshire died at the site in Dunwoody Way on Wednesday.A 45-year-old man from Glossop, who was also working near the crane, is in a stable condition in hospital.Post-mortem tests found the two men died from crush injuries. The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.Latest on this and other stories from Staffordshire and Cheshire
Mr Barker’s former school Airedale Academy paid tribute to him, saying he was a “lovely young man with his whole life ahead of him”.”He was well-liked and will be greatly missed by his many friends and staff here at the academy,” the statement added.A parent and child were taken to hospital as a precaution because the crane damaged a nearby home.Police said the three men were “working on the crane” when the accident happened.The man in hospital, believed to be the crane driver, has serious injuries but they are not thought to be life-threatening.
The building site – formerly part of the Bombardier Works complex – belongs to Seddon Homes. Its chief executive said he could not speculate about what had happened.A man who lives nearby, who only gave his name as Jason, told BBC Radio Stoke the crane – being used to help build new homes – had been lifting tools before it fell.”They finished the work, the crane positioned itself facing Bombardier. “The guys finished their work and they were still up there when all of a sudden, it slowly just started to tilt, tilt tilt.
“Guys started shouting and it completely fell on the floor.”Steven Hogben, a Labour councillor on Cheshire East Council, said he drove past the site a few minutes before the accident.He said he had thought the crane looked “amazingly high”.”It was a tall crane which only appeared a few days ago,” he said.”I’m not aware of any concerns having been raised about it.”
Source: BBC Leeds