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London building collapse injures worker

A building under demolition in central London has collapsed, injuring a construction worker.

London Fire Brigade reported that it was called to a six-storey building undergoing demolition in Portugal Street, Aldwych, at 4.14pm on 20 April.

It said part of the building’s structure, as well as the scaffolding surrounding it, had collapsed.

Contractor Keltbray confirmed that it was carrying out demolition works on the site and that one of its machine drivers was injured.

“Having received hospital treatment, [the driver] was discharged late morning last Wednesday and he is now recuperating at home,” said a Keltbray spokesperson.

“Fortunately nobody else was hurt. Our prime focus at present remains both supporting the machine driver and his family, and continuing our investigation of the incident with the relevant authorities

“All operations on site have been suspended while we work to fully understand the circumstances of the incident.”

About 100 people were evacuated from the building site and a further 100 people were evacuated from neighbouring properties as a precaution.

Fire brigade station manager John Snelgrove said: “When the first crews arrived they found the building, which was under refurbishment, had collapsed between the fifth and second floors.”

The HSE is investigating the incident.

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