The Health and Safety Executive has given the all-clear to a second crane on the Battersea site where two people were killed last week.
The men died after the other crane on Barratt Homes Viridian site in south-west London collapsed, killing the driver and a person living nearby.
HSE sources said it could take months to determine the cause of last Tuesday’s collapse but the organisation has confirmed that the other tower crane on the project is in acceptable working order. Work on the project remains at a standstill while the HSE investigates the incident.
An HSE spokesperson said: “The other tower crane has been fully inspected by an independent competent person. We hope to have the wreckage of the collapsed crane removed to our laboratory in Buxton, Derbyshire, this week.”
A four-day operation to recover the body of bus driver Michael Alexa, 23, who was killed, has now been completed by emergency services. The crane driver has been named as John Cloake, 37, from Guildford in Surrey.
The other tower crane has been fully inspected by an independent competent person
Barratt Homes this week could not confirm when work on the site would resume. A spokesperson said: “We are very shocked by this incident and the tragic loss of life and are working closely with the HSE and the police to establish what happened.
“Together with Wandsworth council we are doing all we can to assist those who had to move out of their homes and to keep them informed.”
Barratt also confirmed that the crane was supplied, erected and operated by Norfolk firm Falcon Crane Hire. Falcon declined to comment.
• Delegates at the Labour conference last week carried a motion proposed by Ucatt calling for individuals to be punishable under corporate manslaughter law and for maximum jail sentences of 14 years. The government’s manslaughter bill has its second reading next week.