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    INCIDENT: TOWER SCAFFOLD FELL FROM BUILDING

    Lucky escape after scaffold tower plummets from ninth floor

    It has been reported (May 14 2013) by the Plymouth Herald that construction workers “had a lucky escape” when a scaffold tower fell from the ninth floor of a construction site in Plymouth.

    An existing building is being converted into student accommodation for The Student Housing Company by Leadbitter Group. The Herald reports that a lightweight aluminium tower was “blown from the roof area” to the ground below and that a workmen stepped off the tower shortly before it fell. 

    A source told the Herald said:

    “There were wind warnings last week so everything loose should have been made secure. You’d think there would have been a full strap and wrap routine as well as stabilisers and outriggers to make it secure. Maybe they were and something went wrong. But it blew off the roof and landed in a central courtyard. Thankfully it didn’t fall off the other way and land on the road.”

    An HSE spokesman said:

    “We have been made aware of the incident and initial enquiries are continuing. However, we have not issued a prohibition notice preventing work from continuing.”

     

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