A woman has recently been left fighting for her life after she was hit by a pallet of bricks which fell from a crane.
According to reports, the pedestrian was walking by a building site in London this week when the incident occurred. Police and paramedics were called out at around 9:30am in response to the woman’s injuries. Bystanders were seen to be giving the woman first aid as she lay on the pavement surrounded by debris.
She was then rushed to hospital in critical condition and a second person was also taken to hospital too after sustaining minor injuries from the incident.
One witness described: “My friend who’s a bus driver and was driving a bus at the time it happened, said that some bricks had fallen on the woman.”
“Several people were trying to get to the lady and so were the construction workers.”
“It was a hectic scene at the time.”
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police stated: “Police in Tower Hamlets are dealing after a woman was injured by falling debris.”
“Officers were called at 9.38am.”
“A woman has apparently been struck by debris falling from a building site crane.”
“London Ambulance Service attended and the woman was taken to an east London hospital in a critical condition.”
“Her next of kin have been informed.”
Following the incident, the Health and Safety Executive are consequently conducting an investigation into the accident at the London site. The construction director for the company Higgins Homes, described: “Our primary thoughts and concerns are with the lady who has been injured and those affected today.”
“We are working with the Health and Safety Executive who are investigating the incident to determine the cause and will release more information as soon as it’s available.”
“Our priority at the moment is of course to make the area safe.”
But, this isn’t the first time this kind of accident has taken place recently. In fact, just last year a pedestrian died whilst walking past a site in London. This was after she was crushed by falling windows that weren’t securely fastened. Take a look at the full report here.
And that’s not all, with accidents like this and more reports of deaths on site, it begs the question, how safe is a construction site? Not only for workers, but for pedestrians too? In past research, it has been found that construction work is the most dangerous profession in the UK. But how much are passerby’s put at risk too?
What do you lot think of this? Do you think more should be done to make site’s safer for all involved? Let us know in the comments below.