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INCIDENT: SCAFFOLD COLLAPSE ON HIGH STREET

Two workmen injured when falling with collapsing scaffold

It has been reported by that scaffolding has collapsed on Cricklewood Broadway in North London. UPDATE – SEE BELOW

One workman was initially said to be “fighting for life” and a second man injured after the scaffolding collapsed on the busy street.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene just before 11.40am on 16 February 2017 after reports that two men had fallen from height. London Air Ambulance also landed nearby and firefighters also attended.

Workmen on platform

Witnesses said a section of scaffolding collapsed between the Crown pub and Iceland supermarket as the men were working on the platform. Both men were taken to a central London hospital.

A police spokeswoman said:

“One man remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition. His injuries are no longer thought to be life-threatening but are possibly life-changing. We believe this to be a workplace accident and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.”

A spokesman for HSE, said:

“I have spoken to our inspectors in the area and I can confirm HSE are aware and investigating this incident.”

UPDATE – 7th MARCH 2017

We have heard that one of the workman has died as a result on injuries sustained. A Just Giving page has been created which states:

“David Luke Smith, a 38-year Scaffolder from Cricklewood, London, was working on site at The Crown pub when the scaffolding gave way, and he fell 25 feet with the scaffolding crashing down on him and leaving him with life changing injuries.

Immediately rushed by air ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital, David broke every vertebrae in his back, he broke his neck, shoulders, arms, legs and suffered 3 strokes which left him with paralysis down the left side of his body. Sadly his brain would not respond and we let him go on Saturday 4th March 2017.

David leaves behind a loving sister and mother as well as two teenage children.”

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