Workers on the construction site where a lamp post fell, fatally injuring a baby boy, were "under pressure" to get the job done quickly, an inquest heard today.
A steel cable supporting the lamp post was inadvertently severed during the excavation works.
Tommy Hollis suffered head injuries when his pram was hit by the falling structure in Chiswick in 2010. Sangeeta Kandola reports from the hearing.
An inquest into the death of a baby who was struck by a falling lamppost will continue today.
Tommy Hollis died just before his first birthday after a lamppost fell on to his pram.
He was being pushed by his nanny when the lamppost fell on to another woman immediately in front of them.
It then collapsed directly on to Tommy.
It happened at the site of a road re-widening scheme in Chiswick, west London, on the morning of February 23, 2010.
The inquest into the death of baby Tommy Hollis who was struck by a falling lamppost in Chiswick in February 2010 has heard from the nanny who was pushing his pram when the incident happened.
Anna Martin told the court she was waiting to cross the road when the lamppost fell.
She gave Tommy CPR and managed to get him breathing again. The baby was rushed to hospital but died two days later of a head injury.
The inquest is being held at West London Coroner's Court and is expected to last for three days.
An inquest into the death of baby Tommy Hollis, who was killed by a falling lamppost in Chiswick opened this morning.
He died just short of his first birthday after he was fatally injured when the lamppost fell on to his pram.
This morning the inquest has heard from a construction worker who said he had cut the steel anchoring the lamppost that fell on the baby. He told the inquest he regrets ever working at the site. "If I could take the place of that child I would."
The paramedic who lifted Tommy Hollis out of his pram said his main concern was a head injury from the falling lamppost. The inquest continues.
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An inquest into the death of a baby struck down by a falling lamppost in Chiswick will be held today. Tommy Hollis died just short of his first birthday after he was fatally injured when the lamppost fell onto his pram in February 2010.
Police are appealing for the mother of a baby girl who was found abandoned in London Roadbetween 7.30pm and 9pm yesterday.
A note written in Polish was left with the baby.
The baby is believed to be between two and three weeks old.
Police say their main concern is for the mother, who may need medical assistance.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact Det Insp Mark Tucker via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101