Structural failure behind Reading collapse…

HSE issues interim findings as investigation continues.

A structural failure caused scaffolding to collapse and fall into a Reading street, injuring three in August last year.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is still investigating the incident on August 1 last year, but has revealed part of the old building being demolished failed, which caused the scaffolding to fall into Garrard Street below.

A spokesman said it was unlikely there would be any answers revealing more on what happened at the site in Reading, Berkshire, for some time.

“HSE continues to investigate this incident with a view to determining the causes. As there were a large number of parties involved in the planning and the carrying out of the project, it is likely to be some months before conclusions can be drawn,” the spokesman says. “We cannot comment further at this time.”

The Reading scaffold collapse – the first of four in quick succession to take place last summer – was one of the incidents that prompted the Unite union to call for a through investigation into demolition practices. An article by an anonymous demolition engineer on the same incident was the most-read article on in 2019.