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HSE inspects school steelwork collapse

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is today examining a steelwork collapse on a Kier work site that injured five site workers yesterday in Shropshire.

The Kier employees were working on a section of steelwork on the front of the Abraham Darby Academy school building in Shropshire when it collapsed yesterday afternoon at around 4.25pm. The steelwork appears to have been part of a canopy on the front of the building. A spokesman for Kier could not confirm whether there was any scaffolding erected as part of the work.

All injured workers spent the night in hospital, according to the West Midlands Ambulance Service. A man in his 40s suffered spinal injuries, a man in his 50s had leg and chest injuries, a man in his 20s had abdominal injuries and another man in his 20s had back and pelvic injuries. The fifth worker had only “minor injuries”.

An ambulance service spokesman said the workers had been on the steelwork structure at the time of the collapse. The fire service was called to help extricate the workers from the wreckage. Kier said it will co-operate fully with the HSE to determine exactly what caused the collapse.

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