The Health and Safety Executive opened an investigation after a "woman in her eighties" died and four people were injured when a 65-foot crane collapsed on houses in East London.
The rig, which had been working on a new block of flats, hit the roofs of two row houses in Compton Close, Bow at around 2pm on Wednesday.
The body of the machine was mutilated over the unfinished apartments, while the end of the structure was over the back gardens.
The London Ambulance Service confirmed that one person had died at the scene while four others were injured. Two were hospitalized with head injuries and the others were treated on the street.
The Met said this morning that the woman who died at the scene of the crime was probably in her eighties and specialized firefighters are working to recover her body.
The Swan Housing Association, which used the crane to build the apartments, said this morning that it would cooperate with HSE in its investigation.
A woman died after a 65-foot crane collapsed in East London yesterday afternoon and injured at least four others. Pictures of the scene at a construction site on Gale Street in Bow show gaping holes in the roof of houses and through a nearby fence. Some cars were also covered with dust and dirt after the crane fell around 2 p.m.
Two firefighters peer through the collapsed roof of a row house after the 65-foot crane collapsed on Wednesday afternoon. It is believed that one person has not been reported and the London Fire Brigade has launched a rescue operation.
The crane appears to have crashed through the roof of the house before falling to the ground after collapsing over an incomplete structure surrounded by scaffolding
Firefighters climb ladders to the house after the crane decimated its roof on Wednesday afternoon – one of the men seems to be carrying a big hammer
Basil Long, a 39-year-old housing lawyer, lives opposite the construction site where the crane came down. He said: The crane fell 30 meters away. Fortunately, it fell the other way on a construction site. It was a real shock, I saw it fall. I was actually in the bedroom at the time. There was a lot of shouting. I literally saw it tip over. & # 39;
The mutilated crane leans over the roof of an unfinished building that is surrounded by scaffolding at the construction site in east London
Part of the crane hit the construction site and bent the scaffolding poles when it came down around 2 p.m.
Firefighters peek through a row house window on Wednesday afternoon, leaving at least four wounded and one more dead
A 65-foot crane has collapsed in East London, destroying two houses, killing one and injuring four others
A statement said: “We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family who lost their relatives as a result of the incident. Your loss is a personal tragedy.
& # 39; We are aware that, on behalf of our organization, we would like to assure you that we will fully support the Health and Safety Officer and the authorities in their investigations so that you have a complete, transparent answer to how the incident occurred. & # 39;
A health and safety spokesman added: "HSE is aware of the incident and is in contact with the emergency services."
It had been reported yesterday that firefighters were attempting to rescue at least one person who was believed to be trapped in one of the two row houses hit by the crane.
A witness said she saw a woman trembling and trembling being brought to safety after being rescued from the second floor by firefighters who had climbed up the ladder to the window.
Sahana Begum, who lives a few streets away, hurried outside when she made the crash difficult. She said: "I saw someone screaming that a crane had fallen, but then I heard someone say" help, help, help ".
At this point, some locals from the community tried to help the woman descend – including two men with ladders.
The London Ambulance Service has confirmed that someone was found at the scene and died. Four others were injured, two were hospitalized with head injuries and the others were treated on site
The body of the crane is mangled over the roof of an unfinished apartment block, while the end of the structure lies over the back gardens of the residents after being knocked through the roof of row houses
Firefighters looked out from the top of a cherry picker through the open roof yesterday afternoon at the disaster site in East London
Rescue workers work in the area where a crane in Bow, east London has collapsed
Emergency services on site yesterday. One woman died in the collapse and four others were injured, two of whom were hospitalized with head injuries
Rescue workers work in the area where a crane collapsed on July 8, 2020 in Bow, east London, UK
A firefighter looks through the collapsed roof of a row house after a crane collapsed on July 8, 2020 in Bow, England
Firefighters where the crane collapsed on a row house in East London
The collapsed crane's cabin dangles in the air after the structure collapsed on Wednesday afternoon
The enormous weight of the crane bent the scaffolding on the unfinished apartment block, which it fell on the houses on Wednesday afternoon
Ms. Begum said: “When she came down the ladder you could see that she was trembling. She trembled so much that she could have fallen over because she looked like she was missing her step. & # 39;
She said she noticed that the woman was barefoot and a man gave her a pair of sandals and added, "She was really trembling."
A woman whose house was damaged by the crane said her family was lucky to be alive. In a trembling voice, the woman, who did not want to give her name, said the effects of the structure felt "like an earthquake".
She continued: "I came out of the bathroom and if I got out a second later the loft door could have dropped on top of me and that would have knocked me out.
"The way everything went – if my brother or sister had been in their rooms where it hit directly, I just can't bear to think about it. If you could see the condition of our garden.
"My father went back into the house to tell everyone to move, a crane is coming down."
“If someone had been in the two rooms, they would have been completely down. It's just lucky that one of my siblings was at work and the other below. You would have been completely put down. It's just so annoying. & # 39;
Describing the devastation in her house, she said, “There was only debris and things in the door. There was smoke and little things.
"My mother screamed for me because she thought it hit me. She screamed. I screamed back. Then I realized that my brother was down and I have to grab everything I can and just go. I'm not sure how I managed to run down because there were things everywhere.
& # 39; All smoke detectors went out. I went into the living room. It sounded to me like an earthquake or almost like a stone that someone had thrown into our house. We are all so happy to be alive – that's all I can really say. & # 39;
Firefighters climb ladders and peek through the windows of the destroyed house on Wednesday afternoon
Neighbor Bridget Teirney said, “The crane behind my building just collapsed in Bow, London. Crushed at least one man, crane went through 2 house & # 39;
The scene in Bow in East London, where the crane collapsed on Wednesday afternoon and tore through the roof of two row houses
It is believed that at least one person was trapped in the house – one woman was killed and at least four others injured
Firefighters at the site of the disaster yesterday scaled ladders up to the windows on the second floor to gain access to the property
Part of the crane's red bar bends through the roof of the house after tearing apart the bricks and wooden struts
During the Wednesday afternoon rescue operation, firefighters climb ladders to the windows on the second floor of the property
Firefighters remove a chest of drawers from the decimated house on Wednesday during the rescue operation
Police K-9 special forces on Wednesday evening after the crane collapsed at around 2 p.m. at the site of the massacre in East London
A firefighting dog was on site in East London tonight as the crews continued to look for someone who might be trapped in the rubble
She spoke next to a police cordon that had been thrown up in the densely packed downtown area of the capital, but still in the shadow of a large crane looming over them.
She pointed to the machine and said, "Why is that up there, fully loaded and just waiting to hurt someone? Have you heard the wind and felt how strong the wind has been lately?
“They continue to build in crowded areas where people run and live every day. What did you think would happen? & # 39;
She added: “How can people return to their homes and not feel traumatized? I can feel it all over my body now. I can feel that it is not right. I feel traumatized. & # 39;
Residents have been evacuated to a nearby school, and emergency services are working inside the barrier. The collapsed crane used by the Swan Housing Association and NU living has yet to be removed.
Basil Long, a 39-year-old housing lawyer who lives opposite the construction site where the crane came down, said: “The crane fell 30 meters away.
“Fortunately, it happened the other way around on a construction site. It was a real shock, I saw it fall. I was actually in the bedroom at the time.
"There was a lot of shouting. I literally saw it tip over. It was terrifying. You could see the people in the tower trying to run down as fast as possible.
& # 39; After it came down, the construction site was evacuated and they brought people out. I was evacuated around 3:45 p.m. We knocked on the door and we said
& # 39; I'm still shivering. The new building is still under construction. Fortunately, I don't think anyone was inside. The warning calls came early enough that I think people had a chance to get away. & # 39;
The collapsed crane from the construction site side of the building, where it collapsed over a new apartment building and clattered on houses on the other side
Firefighters are working with other emergency specialists on Wednesday afternoon after the terrible crane in East London collapsed and at least one woman was killed
The London Fire Department is working to rescue people who may be trapped in a row house after a 20-meter crane collapsed at a nearby construction site
The London Fire Brigade said it received 14 calls for reports of a crane that collapsed on a building on Gale Street in Bow
The scene in Bow, East London, where a 20-meter crane fell on a house and left people trapped inside
A crane has collapsed in East London and is reported to have destroyed two houses
A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service said: "We were called yesterday at 2:42 p.m. to report an incident in which a crane collapsed near Watts Grove, Bow."
Firefighters, police and paramedics on Wednesday afternoon at the site of the collapsed crane in East London
Neighbor Bridget Teirney said, “The crane behind my building just collapsed in Bow, London. Crushed at least one man, crane went through 2 house. & # 39;
She added that the crane operator "made it safely," but "a man who responds and is supported by fire and ambulances is still under the crane".
A few minutes later, she said the man had been released and was being taken to the hospital.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, tweeted: “This is a tragedy. My heartfelt condolences go to the victim's family who died in Bow in the incident. I sincerely hope that the four injured will fully recover. & # 39;
Deputy Commissioner Graham Ellis said previous Urban Search and Rescue crews carried out a "complex rescue operation" to search the two properties.
He added: & # 39; This is a multi-agency response and is likely to be a lengthy incident. I would ask people to avoid the area. & # 39;
Aerial photos showed how the huge metal structure was torn through the roof to the top floors of the houses and the windows were opened by the force of the impact.
Firefighters had used a drone to provide aerial photographs in support of the rescue operation.
Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs said he was "extremely concerned" about the incident, adding: "Council teams are on-site to assist emergency services and set up a rest area for affected residents in the region.
& # 39; Our thoughts are with everyone concerned. The priority is to ensure security, but to need answers to how this was done. & # 39;
The city police sent officers to the scene after being called to Gale Street at around 2:39 p.m. on Wednesday to receive a report about a crane that had collapsed into a home and construction site.
United National Officer Jerry Swain said there must be "an urgent, complete, and full investigation into the circumstances that led to the accident."
He added, "Preliminary results must be published in weeks, not months or years, to ensure that similar accidents are avoided in the future."
Work on the Watts Grove site started in 2018 when the shared apartments with one, two and three beds replaced a substation according to the NU living website.
Neil Marney, managing director of Marney Construction, said his company is based in a different location and that he can see the crane being erected on Tuesday.
He said: “My project manager on site immediately called me and said the crane you saw building yesterday just collapsed.
"All I saw yesterday was the mast and the cabin, and then I think they started adding parts of the boom."
The collapsed crane was neither one of Marney Construction's cranes nor a crane at one of its locations.