A young mother crushed by a pallet of bricks that fell from 70ft died in hospital two days later this morning, it has been revealed.
Michaela Boor, 29, from east London, was left unconscious on the pavement in Mile End surrounded by piles of rubble on Tuesday morning.
She was understood to have dropped her son off at school across the road from the building site when bricks descended from scaffolding above.
Michaela Boor, 29, of East London, has died after she was crushed by bricks in East London
Miss Boor had recently got engaged to her partner Andy Murgatroyd (pictured together)
A Scotland Yard spokesman said this afternoon: ‘A 29-year-old woman who was critically injured after being struck by falling debris in Tower Hamlets has died.
‘The woman died in hospital at 10.40am on Thursday. Her next of kin have been informed. Formal identification awaits. A post-mortem examination will take place.’
Tragically, Miss Boor is believed to have got engaged less than a fortnight ago to her partner of four years Andy Murgatroyd.
It has also emerged Miss Boor’s father Matthew Boor is a bricklayer who has been in the profession for 20 years. A fundraising page has been set up by his employers.
Building firm Maytrix Construction created a JustGiving page in a bid to raise £20,000 to help Mr Boor and his family, It has so far collected more than £2,300.
Before her death, a friend told the Evening Standard: ‘Her family are devastated, we all are. She has ended up fighting for life in hospital on her 29th birthday.
‘We had seen pallets of bricks wobbling up there, it was just not safe. It could have been any of us. The family and all of us want answers.’
Mother Bernadette Hegarty, vicar of St Paul’s of Bow Common Church, attached to the school, rushed to the scene minutes after the accident at about 9.30am.
This is basket on the crane from which the pallet of bricks is believed to have fallen
The debris, pictured, tumbled 70ft from a crane at a building site in Mile End, East London
She told how paramedics helped Miss Boor after she suffered multiple injuries.
Mother Bernadette told MailOnline: ‘The young woman looked very wounded. The paramedics brought her back.
‘I sat down and prayed with her as the paramedics worked. I did not see the accident but I went over to comfort her after I heard what had happened.’
The young mother is believed to have been on her way to a local supermarket when the pallet of bricks fell upon her.
Prayers will be offered for the young woman at a Maundy Thursday service today and at a Good Friday service tomorrow at Bow Common Church.
Mother Bernadette told MailOnline: ‘She is a well-liked member of the community. I know her to say hello to. We are all in deep shock by what has happened, as are the workers on the building site.
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the young woman and her family at this difficult time.’
Pictured: The young mother has been identified as 29-year-old Michaela Boor (left and right)
Paramedics took the woman to hospital with severe injuries after the incident in East London
The site in London has been cleared although some evidence of the horrific accident remains
Another parent from St Luke’s Church of England Primary School described Miss Boor as a ‘lovely girl’, adding: ‘We are all devastated by what happened.’
Meanwhile local politicians have slammed safety conditions at the site, claiming barriers should have been put in place.
Mile End councillor Shah Alam, who lives very near the building site, said he raised health and safety concerns with the local Tower Hamlets Council after the incident.
He said: ‘They have been working here for eight months but they have never had any hazard notices or barriers to protect people. There were no staff present while the crane operated overhead.
‘There are three primary schools nearby, a nursery, a church and a mosque. My neighbour doesn’t feel safe walking her children to school.’
Officers attended the scene at 9.38am on Tuesday, where bystanders were helping the woman after she was spotted lying in a pile of rubble and broken wood.
Paramedics took the woman to hospital after the incident outside Bow Corner, a new development of luxury flats. A second person was also taken to hospital.
Work appears to have halted at the site while a Health and Safety Executive probe is ongoing
Pictured: The aftermath of the bricks which fell around 70ft from the crane in Mile End
Scotland Yard said the woman appeared to have been injured by the debris after 9.30am
Witness Alan Harris, who owns go-kart track Revolution Karting that faces the site, said he rushed over to see what had happened after hearing a ‘loud bang.’
‘One woman was out cold underneath the bricks and another woman next to her was screaming hysterically for an ambulance and looking up into the heavens,’ he told the East London Advertiser.
Mr Harris said it wasn’t clear if the two women were together. The 72-year-old said he called for ambulance and indicated ‘the seriousness of the situation’ to the operator.
Witness Aladdin Rahman said: ‘My friend who’s a bus driver and was driving a bus at the time it happened, said that some bricks had fallen on the woman.
‘Several people were trying to get to the lady and so were the construction workers. It was a hectic scene at the time.’
Pedestrians on the road caught the aftermath of the accident on video,
The woman was earlier in a critical condition after being hit by a pile of bricks in East London
The basket on the crane can be seen following the shocking incident at the building site
The incident happened next to the Bow Corner housing construction in East London
Bricks could be seen scattered around the victim as she lay on the pavement with bystanders giving her first aid next a building site.
The London Ambulance Service later took the woman to an east London hospital. A man was also treated for shock and forensic investigators remain at the scene.
A Health and Safety Executive spokesman said: ‘Inspectors have attended the site and are making ongoing enquiries in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police to investigate the circumstances of the incident.
‘As the investigation is ongoing we are unable to comment further at this time.’
Bow Corner is a development of 19 one, two and three bedroom apartments by Higgins Homes that is expected to be completed this year.
One beds start from £435,000, two beds from £545,000 and three beds from £650,000.
Bow Corner in East London is a development of 19 one, two and three bedroom apartments
Police in Tower Hamlets were called after the woman was severely injured by falling debris
Steve Boreham, construction director of Higgins Homes, said: ‘Our primary thoughts and concerns are with the lady who has been injured and those affected today.
‘We are working with the Health and Safety Executive who are investigating the incident to determine the cause and will release more information as soon as it’s available. Our priority at the moment is of course to make the area safe.’
Local road closures were put in place while emergency services dealt with events.
A London Ambulance Service spokesman added: ‘We were called at 9.38am to E14 to reports of an incident.
‘We sent a number of resources to the scene including an incident response officer, a motorcycle responder, two single responders in cars and two ambulance crews. We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance by car.
‘We treated a woman at the scene for serious injuries and took her as a priority to a major trauma centre. We also took a second person to hospital.’