TWO construction workers were killed when a crane collapsed at a construction site in Crewe, it was revealed yesterday.
Wednesday’s accident happened as the Unite union revealed that safety inspections on building sites were down by 14 per cent due to government cuts.
The crane collapsed on a construction site operated by residential developer Seddon.
Unite national officer for construction Bernard McAulay said: “At this time, our thoughts and condolences are with the families of the workers killed or injured in this terrible accident.
“Workers on construction sites throughout the UK will now have serious questions and concerns about the safety of similar cranes.
“It is imperative that the Health and Safety Executive [HSE] investigates and, as a matter of urgency, provides advice and reassurance to ensure that similar accidents cannot and will not happen again.”
The union said that, due to government cuts, the HSE budget would be 46 per cent smaller in 2020 than it was in 2010.
Unite obtained the information through a freedom of information request.
It said there were 7,912 safety inspections on construction sites in 2016-17, compared to 9,219 the year before.
Unite is seeking urgent meetings with ministers and the HSE.
Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “These figures are alarming as they demonstrate a huge decrease in vital life-saving inspections.
“Sadly, there remain far too many employers who are all too willing to cut safety regulations and it is only the genuine prospect of an unannounced inspection which keeps them in check.”