WINDS GUSTING up to 80kmph are being blamed for the catastrophic collapse of three storey scaffolding in south London last Sunday night.
The scaffolding crashed to the ground narrowly missing passers-by on the busy A24 Tooting High Street. It had been erected to allow repair work on cracked stone window lintels on the upper flats of a three storey building.
Expandable bolts held the scaffold to brickwork. But high winds are believed to have caught plastic sheeting used around the scaffold as a catch net and ripped the fixing bolts free.
'The type of bricks in this building are notoriously difficult to fix into,' said Wandsworth Borough Council deputy chief building control officer Eric Davies.
'Given the soft nature of the material and the high wind loading, it appears the bolts pulled right out. It is amazing that no one was underneath.'
The Health & Safety Executive is investigating the collapse.