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HSE investigate Stoke scaffold collapse…

Demolition workers’ lucky escape as scaffolding falls into street.

Scaffolding around a row of terraced houses due for demolition in north Staffordshire has collapsed.

The scaffolding had been erected in Wellington Road in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. The Health and Safety Executive is investigating. West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called to the street at 10.30. Fire crews also attended the scene.

A spokesman said: “Although there were workmen there, no-one was hurt; a very lucky escape indeed given the size of the structure that had fallen.”

The site is thought to be under the control of Potteries Demolition, a well-established local company that made the headlines recently when its owners pleaded guilty to fly-tipping 800 truck loads of demolition waste at a nearby farm.

Read more about the scaffolding collapse here, and about the fly-tipping prosecution here.


Comment from Ian Sinpson
Time May 2, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Being fair, Potteries Demo wouldn’t have put the scaffolding up and its harsh being done for fly tipping when its on your own land.

Comment from Brian Jones
Time May 3, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Ian, are you for real?

Potteries Demo are supposed to be responsible for what happens on the site and ensuring the safety of personnel as well as the general public. This scores a big fat nil points for me. It is incredible that no one was maimed or killed. There may be some mitigation if the scaffolder has cocked up, but it is down to the employer to check this.

As for fly tipping, since when was it ok to do this on your own land?!?

Comment from Ian Sinpson
Time May 3, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Wellk the HSE has made it clear that no-one is qualified to inspect scaffolding appart from scaffolders so what would Potteries know?
And when does temporary storage become fly tipping?
A good brief would have laughed both these cases out of court.

Comment from Brian Jones
Time May 3, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Ignorance may be bliss in Utopia, but it doesn’t wash with the HSE or EA in the real world.

Temporary storage of waste in a licensed waste station is fine, 800 loads on a farm is fly-tipping!

Does it matter if you have a good or bad brief if you plead guilty?

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