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INCIDENT: UNPLANNED COLLAPSE ON DEMO PROJECT

Debris retained by scaffold sheeting as partial collapse triggers chaos

A structure in Southampton has been involved in a inadvertent collapse during demolition work.

Sections of the structure fell into the street below causing the police to activate road closures after material began to tumble from the six-storey building into Grosvenor Square. 

There were no injuries reported although the police described the building as “quite unstable”.  Structural experts experts have been assessing the structure to establish the steps required to secure stability and public safety.

An eyewitness working nearby offices reports hearing a “huge noise” and saw rubble falling on to cars. She added:

“It just bulged out and all the masonry fell on the cars. Then our fire alarms went off and we all came out of our building.”

Wessex Demolition & Salvage Ltd are carrying out the work and have issued a statement saying:

“we offer our sincere sympathy to all of Southampton’s residents and commuters affected by the problems with the site at Cumberland Place. We are still looking into what caused the structural failure and do not want to speculate before we have the conclusions of those investigations. In the meantime, we are working to ensure the site is made safe as soon as possible so the inconvenience caused can be minimized as much as possible.

This is the first incident of this kind we have had in the eighteen years we have been operating; we have previously worked on a number of structures offering similar, if not larger, challenges without any mishaps. Safety is always the top priority for Wessex Demolition, as recognized by our clients.”

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