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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.

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