Published: 06:34 AM, 24 March 2021
In June 2020, a crane collapsed in Bow, East London in Begum’s constituency Poplar and Limehouse. The collapse killed one local resident, June Harvey. It also displaced those living close to the site, many temporarily and some permanently.
Apsana Begum said this on the matter: ‘Trends of deregulation are widespread - most notably with regards to the safety of cladding, which has also affected many of my residents and was pulled into sharp focus by the Grenfell Tower Fire.
‘The latter has rightly been pointed to by many as a warning for what could continue to happen should health and safety regulations not be tightened.
‘Evidence upon evidence makes it clear that the regulatory framework needs to be looked at again – to ensure safe usage of safe cranes as a part of safe construction of safe buildings.
‘Health and safety regulation relating to the use of cranes is currently not fit for purpose, neither is it enforced robustly. Unless such regulations are part of our legislation, accidents such as that in Bow will continue to happen on a strikingly regular basis.
‘We need robust legislation and robust enforcement.’