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TWO MEN injured in the collapse last week

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TWO MEN injured in the collapse last week of a three-storey building in Bootle, Lancashire, have been discharged from hospital.

One man died in the disaster, which happened around 9am on Saturday, 29 January. Another suffered serious leg and back injuries when he jumped from the roof and fell nearly 15m to the pavement. He is still recovering in hospital.

The collapse happened without warning during demolition of the 120-year- old end of terrace masonry building in Stanley Road. The dead and injured men are understood to have been working for subcontractor Southend Demolition (Liverpool), which was carrying out the work for main contractor J Finney of Winsford, Chesre.

Client Pierhead Housing planned to replace the building - two floors of flats above a row of shops - with a similar modern version.

A Health & Safety Executive investigation launched immediately after the disaster is still ongoing, an HSE spokesman said on Tuesday. But he refused to comment on local reports that most of the top floor timber floor joists had been removed before the collapse, leaving two storeys of brickwork unsupported.

'It's much too early to speculate on the causes - we have appointed a team of two construction experts to investigate on our behalf,' the spokesman added.

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