Two Men Injured in Scaffolding Tower Collapse

An ex-company director of a scaffolding firm has been fined after two workers were injured when a scaffolding tower collapsed.

The two men, who wish to remain unnamed, were working on student accommodation in Nottingham when the tower they were using collapsed.

The 26-year-old worker fractured his ankle and the second worker, a 46-year-old, managed to hang on as the structure collapsed and then slide down to the ground suffering only minor injuries.

The two men were reportedly in the processes of dismantling the structure when the work accident happened. 

After the court hearing a spokesperson from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said: “The two men were extremely lucky to survive this incident. There was no safe sequence of work in place to dismantle the tower. The fact the scaffold only had ties at the top meant that as soon as they were removed a collapse was inevitable.”

“Work at height should be properly planned and a safe system of work developed. Mr Butler failed his employees in both respects.”

The company the two men were working for has since been dissolved.


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