Employees of a scaffolding company in Liverpool have been taken to hospital following a serious fall from height.
The workers had been seen on a scaffolding tower against a residential property in Aigburth near Sefton Park when the erection fell, hitting a car parked on the road, according to witnesses.
The incident occurred on Aigburth Drive shortly after 10am on Thursday, September 14.
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) obligates employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises to report serious workplace accidents including falls from height.
The cause of the collapse has yet to be determined, although the Health and Safety Executive has been made aware of the incident, according to local press.
Emergency services arrived in the suburban street around 10:30am, minutes after the incident is reported to have taken place.
The two men have been taken to Aintree Hospital and are being treated for head and leg injuries.
Falls from height are the second highest cause of workplace injuries, following injuries sustained through slips, trips and falls, according to HSE figures for 2016.
The report by the safety body also states: “Just over a quarter of all fatal injuries (37 cases) were accounted for by fall from a height.”
Collapse ‘shakes’ house
A three-storey property was visibly shaken by the event, witnesses have told the Liverpol Echo.
Speaking to the Echo newspaper, the onlookers have recalled rushing to the aid of the workers from Gable Scaffolding after being alerted to the fact they had fallen to the ground.
One woman has told the Echo how the huge “crash” of the falling structure alerted her to the incident.
It is understood that the house had recently been converted into flats.
A blue BMW convertible parked on Aigburth Drive outside the building has been photographed underneath the scaffolding as police and paramedics arrived at the scene. The roof and driver’s side window both show visible signs of damage.
It has yet to be confirmed whether Gable Scaffolding from Ormskirk Rd, Aintree are responsible for the work being carried out and the firm has been unavailable for comment.
Reference: Liverpool Echo
Date Published: September 16, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown