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    WALL COLLAPSE TRAPS WORKMAN

    Builders rescued after collapse of wall during refurbishment work

    The BBC has reported that a wall has collapsed during building work at a house in Devizes, Wiltshire injuring two workmen. One was trapped whilst the second man was able to jump clear.

    A Great Western Ambulance Service, spokesperson said: “On arrival at the scene one man remained in the path of the unstable wall so I decided I would need to do a snatch rescue and move the man before any more of the building collapsed.” 

    Comment: The proportion of construction deaths on smaller refurbishment projects has been increasing. The majority of those deaths occur when workers fall from height.

    However, the second most common cause of fatalities is where workers are asphyixated or suffer traumatic injury when excavations, walls, floors or ceilings collapse as a result of building work in progress. 

    It is vital that a thorough assessment of all structures, including ‘simple’ walls, is undertaken by a competent person before work commences.   

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