The jib of a crane buckled under the weight of a steel section, crashing into a hotel in Croydon, South London at the weekend. The Croydon Park hotel was subsequently evacuated and three surrounding roads closed. The machine was hired from Select Plant, a subsidiary of Laing O'Rourke, by contractor Haymills Construction.
The crane was being used to build a 25-storey residential tower designed by Architects Devereux for clients Howard Holdings Plc. The crane driver was injured in the accident and was reputedly trapped for seven hours, but is now recovering in hospital. 'A further three of our employees were involved in the incident, however, none of them sustained any injuries, ' read a statement from Select Plant. The HSE is investigating the incident.