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Three critically injured in Milton Keynes collapse


POLICE AND the HSE are investigating a scaffolding collapse which injured three people on a hotel construction site at Witen Gate East in Milton Keynes this week.

Contractor McAleer and Rushe said that the collapse occurred during a period of inclement weather.

'Part of the scaffolding on a 11 storey hotel building, encompassing a right angle element which covered 15m of both the west and north elevations of the building, collapsed during sustained high winds, ' said McAleer & Rushe managing director Eamonn Laverty in a statement.

The collapse happened at the site of a new Jury's Inn hotel on Tuesday at 12.30pm. Laverty said that company investigators were also studying the collapse.

Local engineers told NCE that contractors were fixing cladding to the concrete structure at the time of the collapse. 'The buildings itself is fine but at least 10 storeys of scaffolding have collapsed and cladding panels have also come away from the façade, ' said a local engineer.

The hotel is scheduled for completion in June this year.

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