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WINNER IN EXTRA TIME

Contractors last week had to come up with a rapid method of strengthening welded bracing members in the roof of Charlton Athletic's East Stand. Discovery of defects in the bracing led to fears that last Saturday's home game against Sunderland would be postponed. The bracing members in the six year old stand were supposed to have been bolted into place but were welded instead after it was found that the bolt holes failed to line up. Steelwork contractor Reed, which carried out the original work under main contractor Mowlem, replaced the welded joint with a bolted connection at the end of the tubular strut. Greenwich Borough Council safety inspector Rod Apsey passed the stadium safe in time for Saturday's match. Bolts are said to be more structurally sound than welds because they allow for more lateral movement.

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