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79 Scaffold collapse

Report ID: 79

Published: Newsletter No 6 - April 2007

Report Overview

There has been a further report on a scaffolding collapse.

Report Content

There has been a further report on a scaffolding collapse. A scaffold which was several storeys high had been erected around a former industrial building where apartments and ancillary facilities were being constructed. However the phased dismantling of the scaffold resulted in structural failure when the scaffold pulled away from the building. Three scaffolders were taken to hospital along with a member of the public whose car was crushed by the collapse.

Comments

Reports on scaffold collapses continue to cause concern. Temporary works need the same level of care as permanent works. The root cause of this failure is not known but it demonstrates the need for a suitable safe system supervised by competent persons. The type and fixing of scaffold ties are key issues during dismantling.


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