CRANE COLLAPSE, CORNHILL, BALTIC TRIANGLE
have been raised after yet another crane has collapsed in Liverpool
City Centre. People across the city are asking how this happened and
will it happen again? On Monday, 6 July 2009, Merseyside Fire and
Rescue Service and the North West Ambulance Service were called to
the scene of the latest collapsed crane, that ripped through an
apartment building on Cornhill in the Baltic Triangle, in Liverpool
At first no reports of injuries came through, but it later was
revealed that the crane driver had suffered injuries to his head,
chest and legs, as a result of the incident. He was then taken to
hospital where he remains in a serious, but stable condition in
People in the apartments we were evacuated shortly after the
accident happened and structural engineers from the Local Authority
and the Health and Safety Executive assessed the damage at the
The Local Authority then set up a rest centre at Park Road Leisure
Centre, Toxteth, and is still working with construction company,
Bowmer and Kirkland, to provide alternative accommodation for those
who are unable to return to their apartments. In total, more than 20
people spent the first night in hotels or with friends after being
evacuated from their homes. Sadly for residents living in the
development, blocks 31 and 33 have also now been emptied on the
advice of Honeybourne Kenny chartered surveyors. It is thought that
the entire development could now be unsafe.
Merseyside Police on Thursday, 7 July 2009 said that:- "Phase
two, which will resume the search for any potential casualties, will
begin after the damaged crane and the counter balance have been
removed from the scene. Specialists from the Health and Safety
Executive are currently assessing the scene to establish when it
will be safe to remove the damaged crane and the counterbalance. Two
large cranes, an 800 tonne crane from London and a 500 tonne crane
from Leyland, will be assisting in the removal of the damaged crane.
The removal operation should be underway within 24 hours. This will
be wholly dependent on the assessment of the scene."
Superintendent Simon Irving said:- "Merseyside Police and its
partners,Merseyside Fire and Rescue, Northwest Ambulance Service,
Liverpool City Council and the HSE, would like to thank local
residents for their continued patience and understanding during this
difficult and complex operation. Residents in the local area have
raised concerns about another crane that is in close proximity to
the scene. This crane is currently being assessed by specialists
from the HSE and independent engineers to establish its safety."
A spokesman developers Bowmer & Kirkland, whose Crane 2a collapsed,
said:- "As a precaution,Tower Crane 1 is being examined by an
independent engineer, to ensure it remains in a safe condition."
A Health and Safety Executive investigation has been launched into
the incident. At this point in time it is still unclear as to what
HERE COMES THE SUN
will be out for the summer and National Museums Liverpool is hosting
free events, exhibitions and workshops for all the family throughout
the six week holiday.
With a jam packed schedule planned here are
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HELENS MAN NAMED BUSINESS HERO IN BARCLAYS TRADING PLACES AWARDS
business man who owns an electrical installation company has been
named one of the UK’s top businesses in the 2009 Barclays Trading
Places Awards; a national award honouring men and women who are
turning their lives around by choosing to start up a business.
The St Helens entrepreneur is now in the running for national glory
in the award finals to be held later this year.
The Government backed awards recognise business heroes who are no
strangers to overcoming adversity – whether it’s dealing with
illness or disability, facing challenging family responsibilities
head-on, or turning their back on benefits.
Sam Thompson was diagnosed with Dyspraxia and Dyslexia at the age of
three, and underwent intensive speech therapy to enable him to
Despite his early struggles, Sam achieved eight GCSEs by the time he
left school at 16.
He went on to study electrical installation at the Isle of Wight
College, where he gained three distinctions, leading him to win an
apprenticeship with Southern Electric.
During 2007, Sam obtained work as a self-employed electrician to
enhance his skills but the job ended in May 2008 as the credit
crunch began to bite.
Sam claimed jobseekers allowance and applied for any electrical job
he saw advertised, but without success. After researching his
prospects with local builders and the Chamber of Commerce, Sam found
he could be successful in securing small contacts on the Island, and
decided to go into business for himself.
With the help of The Prince’s Trust, Sam raised the funds he needed
to take the examination to register with the NIC/EIC , the
regulating body for electrical installation and began to gain small,
Sam has recently qualified to undertake portable appliance testing,
which he hopes will increase his business and for the future, he
hopes to invest in the necessary skills to install renewable energy
sources, such as wind turbines and solar panels.
Barclays Marketing Director for Local Business, John Davis, a judge
on the panel, said:- “Trading Places is a celebration of
inspiring people who have struggled through adversity to get their
businesses up and running – even during these turbulent times. The
caliber of this year's entries is outstanding and we hope that with
this recognition, S.T Electrical will continue on the road to
success. We also hope Sam’s story will inspire other budding
entrepreneurs in St Helens, who face similar difficulties in there
private lives, to come forward and turn their own business dreams
This year’s national finalists will be competing in three new
categories – Triumph over Disability, Success after Unemployment and
the Spirit of Inspiration Award – before hoping to be named the 2009
Barclays Trading Places Winner.
Each category winner will also walk away with £5,000 for their
business, courtesy of Barclays, and all national finalists will
receive £2,000 worth of computer software from awards supporter
Another new addition for 2009 will see the awards partners coming
together to offer everyone who enters a range of business support
and mentoring packages. Other award partners are
Jobcentre Plus, youth charity The Prince’s Trust, Department for
Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), the NFEA and
Leonard Cheshire Disability.