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Scaffold collapse

Report ID: 79 Published: 1 April 2007 Region: CROSS-UK

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There has been a further report on a scaffolding collapse.

Key Learning Outcomes

For construction professionals:

  • The design and construction of scaffolding requires the same degree of competence and quality as does permanent works

  • Give attention to the whole design of scaffold support systems and the safety-critical aspects of their fixings and anchors

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There has been a further report on a scaffolding collapse. A scaffold which was several storeys high had been erected around a former industrial building where apartments and ancillary facilities were being constructed. However, the phased dismantling of the scaffold resulted in structural failure when the scaffold pulled away from the building. Three scaffolders were taken to hospital along with a member of the public whose car was crushed by the collapse.

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Reports on scaffold collapses continue to cause concern. Temporary works need the same level of care as permanent works. The root cause of this failure is not known but it demonstrates the need for a suitable safe system supervised by competent persons. The type and fixing of scaffold ties are key issues during dismantling.

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