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Overload blamed for scaffold collapse

OVERLOADING DURING dismantling is thought to have caused the sudden collapse of scaffolding on an office block overlooking the River Thames, near London Bridge last week.

Scaffolding around10-storey Adelaide House was being struck by Lyndon Scaffolding when half of the structure rapidly peeled away from the building, leaving a trail of splintered planks and mangled poles.

One worker was taken to nearby Guys Hospital with a broken collar bone and lacerations. Members of the public below and other workers on the structure managed to scramble clear of the collapsing structure.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the cause of the incident.

Contractor PAYE Stonework and Restoration was carrying out minor maintenance work on the building. A source at PAYE confirmed: 'Scaffolding materials were being stacked at one end, and it was that end of the structure that collapsed. It does appear to be the cause of the accident.'

The equipment is thought to have been stacked on the structure ready to re-erect on the adjoining face of the building. To save time, stacked poles and boards would have been passed around the corner.

Lyndon Scaffolding safety manager Stephen Moore said: 'We are carrying out our own internal investigation. We regret the incident, and hope to determine the cause as soon as possible. We are carrying out checks on our other structures to make sure they are in accordance with the regulations.'

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