Two dead and several injured in Knightsbridge balcony collapse

Two people have died and at least six people were injured after a balcony collapsed in Knightsbridge.

Ambulance crews were called to Cadogan Square in Knightsbridge, west London, this morning at around 10am.

One man died at the scene, while police have confirmed another died later in hospital. Both are believed to be removal men.

 

Greg Hands, the Conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham tweeted:

“Balcony collapse in Cadogan Sq. Just spoke with Cadogan Ests (Cadogan Estates, property company), not their property, but believe balcony broke when the removal men were moving a sofa out and the combined weight might have broken it.

“Casualties were removal staff. My thoughts are with their families.”

An official investigation has begun into the cause of the collapse, while police identify the men’s next of kin.

A London Ambulance spokesman told the media: “Sadly, a man died at the scene.”

“We sent three ambulance crews, an advanced paramedic, the hazardous response team and a London air ambulance.

“We treated eight people. Every effort was made to resuscitate a patient.

“Another man was taken to St Mary’s Hospital.”

Cadogan Square is one of London’s most expensive addresses with property on the street selling for an average of £5.75m in 2013.

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Readers' comments (2)

  • "I was saddened to read this news, and my thoughts go out to the families of those who sadly passed away. Similar headlines have previously appeared relating to older properties.

    "At the end of the day, those in control of property should be undertaking condition surveys organised by a suitably qualified building surveyor or engineer to verify that structures are safe, without risk and remain safe under expected conditions or use. Property owners are responsible for managing all risks associated with the structure of their buildings. Surveys should be conducted at regular intervals and any issues raised followed through."

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  • @Louise, Yes a sad loss of two lives. Not sure if a building survey would have helped, this was not under normal use. The removal men were hauling out a sofa, extra weight and possibly a lever effect, so fair chance it was pushed well beyond its original design limits. Similar adjacent balconies look as though they are not designed for high loads.

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