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Investigation into why crane snapped on site of unfinished block of flats in Croydon

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THE Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is investigating an incident in which a crane on a Croydon housing development snapped.

A crane on the unfinished tower block formerly known as the IYLO building broke during stormy weather on January 25.

It was thought it may have been hit by lightning but it is understood investigators have determined it was blown over by the wind.

A HSE official called the Advertiser this week to ask whether we had a weather forecast for the day in question.

She had called the Met Office but was told it was only able to tell her what the weather actually was, not what it was predicted to be.

The HSE press office refused to comment on the investigation when contacted by the Advertiser.

Fifteen fire engines and a police helicopter were sent to the site, though no one was hurt in the incident.

Construction work on the tower, which is on a roundabout on the corner of Wellesely Road and St James' Road, began in 2007 but has been beset with delays. At one time the half-finished structure was covered in graffiti and dubbed Croydon's most notorious eyesore.

Work on the development, now called Island, resumed last year and is due to finish in 2015. 

Investigation into why crane snapped on site of unfinished block of flats in Croydon


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