On Wednesday, July 8th, at 14:40 BST, a WOLFF tower crane belonging to WOLFFKRAN Ltd. collapsed on a construction site in Bow, East London. According to the authorities, one resident of the adjacent houses that were struck by the jib of the crane died. Four other people were injured, two of whom are WOLFFKRAN employees. Both are in hospital, with one seriously injured and the other scheduled to be released today.
The WOLFFKRAN management and staff are deeply upset by this tragedy and express their deepest sympathy to the family of the woman that died in the incident. Our thoughts are with all those affected, our own staff, and their families. We also thank the rescue teams for their work on site. Employees of WOLFFKRAN Ltd. have been on site since yesterday supporting the responsible authorities in their investigations and preparations to remove the crane from the site.
The affected crane is a WOLFF luffing jib crane of type WOLFF 355 B, which is one of WOLFFKRAN’s most tried and tested cranes, reliable in operation worldwide, and currently in operation on 18 sites across the UK. The crane on the construction site in Bow was only 10 years old and was fully erected on a 22 meter tower the day before the incident.
WOLFFKRAN Ltd. is a subsidiary of the globally active crane manufacturer WOLFFKRAN with a heritage of more than 150 years in crane technology. WOLFFKRAN Ltd. has been providing tower crane services to the UK construction industry for 45 years. It operates out of Sheffield and employs some 300 people.