Two men have been injured after a construction platform fell ten storeys at a building site in east London.
The workers, aged 30 and 27, were injured after a cradle suspended from the ninth floor fell to the ground at the site in Wapping, east London, on Thursday morning. Witnesses who live near the scene in London Dock described hearing a loud crash as the equipment tumbled from a height shortly after 10am yesterday.
It is believed the accident in Gauging Square happened when an axle cradle supporting the platform broke. Pictures from the scene show window panes lying on the floor and damage to the upper floors of the block of flats which are still under construction.
The 30-year-old man suffered injuries to his ribs and lungs, while the 27-year-old sustained leg injuries. Police said their injuries were not life-threatening or life-changing.
The site in London Dock is currently being developed for luxury homes, restaurants and shops. Some properties in the square have sold for more than £1.2 million.
Pictures of the scene showed window panes lying on the floor as well as damage to higher levels still being constructed as the emergency services treated the injured below.
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said a hazardous area response team (HART) and the London Air Ambulance were dispatched.
He added: ‘We treated two men at the scene and took them to a major trauma centre.’
London Fire Brigade confirmed the construction cradle fell from the ninth floor to ground level.
A spokeswoman said: ‘Firefighters were called to a building under construction on Gauging Square, E1W.
‘A suspended cradle fell from the ninth floor to ground floor level. Two men were taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service crews. Firefighters made the scene safe.
‘The Brigade was called at 10.05am and the incident was over for crews by 11.02am. One fire engine from Shadwell Fire Station and two fire rescue units from East Ham and Battersea fire stations attended.
‘We left the scene after the scene was made safe and passed duty of care to onsite staff.’
The Health and Safety Executive have been informed, Scotland Yard said.
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