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Manchester crane driver rescued after falling ill in cab

Emergency services rescued a tower crane driver in Manchester on Friday after the man fell ill in his cab.

The Falcon crane driver had to be lowered down in a stretcher by emergency services at the Northern Quarter site in Manchester.

The man was then quickly admitted to hospital, where he is in stable condition.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “We were called at around 9.15am this morning (17 September) following reports that a man had fallen ill while inside a crane on Oldham Street, Manchester.

“Emergency services are attending and police are assisting with road closures.”

Four fire engines along with the Technical Response Unit was involved in the rescue operation. They used used specialist height equipment, including an open air platform and turntable ladder, to reach a 42 year old man who was then assessed by North West Ambulance Service .

A fire services spokesman said: “The man was lowered to the ground using specialist rope equipment before being conveyed to hospital by NWAS.”

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Taylor Wimpey MD joins Weston Homes

Weston Homes has appointed Peter Gore as Group Operations Director.

Gore joins from Taylor Wimpey where he has been managing director of the London region for the last three  years.

He has previously worked in senior delivery and construction director roles at Barratt Homes and Mount Anvil on projects ranging from traditional housing through to complex multi-storey scheme.

Over the last five years Weston Homes has purchased land sites that will deliver £2.13bn worth of residential and mixed use development across outer London and the South East which includes 20 current active sites and over 7,500 new homes in the pipeline.

Gore said: “I am delighted to be joining the group at an exciting time of major growth and expansion. The business has a highly diverse range of developments, including a series of major landmark schemes commencing and many others in the pipeline.”

Bob Weston, Chairman and Manging Director at Weston Homes added: “Peter Gore brings with him a wealth of construction, team development and customer satisfaction experience which will be instrumental as Weston Homes undertakes the delivery of our sizable portfolio of developments, as we work to meet the rising demand for housing in London and the South East.”

Bourne hires new engineering director

Steelwork specialist Bourne Group has appointed Denis McNelis as group engineering director to spread its reach into new projects.

Before joining Bourne, McNelis operated at a director and technical engineering manager level on significant projects across the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the UAE.

With over 16 years of experience working in design consultancy and a further 17 years in construction, he has worked on projects ranging from sports stadiums to bridges, to large scale industrial buildings and refurbishment projects including his two most recent projects, the new Abu Dhabi Airport Midfield Terminal and the iconic Museum of the Future in Dubai.

Denis brings a passion for construction across all forms of projects, while leveraging his strength in design and BIM.

Steve Govier, CEO for Bourne Group, said: “Denis has built a well-earned reputation and his appointment is aimed at ensuring that all of the Bourne Group companies remain at the forefront of the latest engineering and technology practices and are well placed to support future growth and diversification into new products and markets.”

McNelis said: “I am looking forward to working with the very experienced team at Bourne, to help expand the areas of work that the Bourne Group operates within


HSE shuts M6 job after excavator topples into trench

Health and Safety Executive investigators have shut down a section of the M6 smart motorway widening after a 13 tonne excavator was upended in the central reservation last Friday.

The excavator operator is understood to have escaped without injury but shaken after his machine toppled backwards into a central reservation drainage trench on the Costain project just north of junction 21A.

Thomas Plant had the short radius excavator on hire, which was being used by Manchester drainage contractor SGC Civil Engineering for drainage works in the central reservation area.

HSE inspectors are now understood to have shut the site down for the rest of this week to carry out an investigation into the incident.


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