A boom lift incident on the M25 motorway near Heathrow airport this morning has resulted in a fatality
The lift, a brand new Genie Z-135 owned by Kimblerly Access, was we understand being checked over and PDI'd at the company's Iver depot, by a Kimberly employee of when something went wrong and the machine overturned with the boom coming down over a road and onto the hard shoulder of the M25 motorway - London's main ring road.
This is clearly a very tragic incident with a machine that is barely a week old. We will of course update as and when have further news.
In light of this morning's incident Kimberly has taken the precautionary decision to 'stand down' its entire fleet of Z135/70s while it investigates the cause of this morning's overturn.
Terex/Genie has also sent us a statement, which is as follows:
"Terex Aerial Work Platforms (Terex AWP), operating under the “Genie” brand name, learned today of a fatal incident involving a user of a Genie model Z-135 boom. Terex AWP is extremely saddened to learn of the accident. Our foremost concern at this moment is for the accident victim’s grieving family. We express our deepest condolences to the family."
"Terex AWP has dispatched technical experts to the scene and is working with experts to support the determination of the root cause of this tragic accident. We will also fully cooperate with authorities during their investigation to understand the cause of the accident."
We now have a verbal police report that confirms that the deceased was wearing a harness and lanyard and came down in bushes alongside the motorway and was not hit by a vehicle as originally reported.
UPDATE 2 - June 7th
The following open letter from Kimberly to its customers was sent to us today with the request that it be added to Vetikal.net
We understand that the machine is still under HSE protection and will not me moved to its laboratory in Buxton for further analysis.