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    SCAFFOLD COLLAPSE IN AUSTRALIA

    Workman survives four-storey fall in Melbourne scaffold collapse

    Workers ‘rode the falling metal’ as a six-storey scaffold collapsed on a busy Melbourne road. The collapse brought down power lines and caused traffic chaos. The emergency services confirmed that, miraculously, there were no serious injuries and up to 50 workers escaped the danger as they were on the morning tea break.

    A spokesperson from Asian Pacific Building Corporation said we are “relieved only minor injuries were sustained by three sub-contractors at the company’s hotel development”. He  added that the scaffold “collapsed suddenly and without explanation”.

    Comment:  Most scaffold collapses are ‘sudden’ but very few are ‘without explanation’. Many scaffold collapses in the UK have involved inadequacies in scaffold design and loading beyond safe limits.  HSE has recently published a simple checklist for scaffold safety.

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