Two men were injured when a scaffolding tower collapsed in Nottingham.
The two unnamed men were working on student accommodation in the city back in January 2011. They were working on a scaffolding tower at the time, and were at a height of approximately 10 metres.
Whilst the men were at work, the scaffold tower unexpectedly collapsed. The tower fell down, crashing into the building opposite. One of the workers luckily managed to keep hold of the scaffold as it fell, and then was able to slide to safety. He only suffered minor injuries in the incident.
However, his colleague was not as lucky. He had to jump from the tower as it fell, hitting the ground from a height of approximately six metres. He fractured both of his ankles in the fall.
The HSE found that the scaffolding had been erected in an unsafe way and not to industry standards. The structure was only tied and secured to the building at the top, which made a collapse inevitable when the two men tried to dismantle it.
The director of RB & Son Scaffolding Limited at the time of the accident – Robert Leslie Butler – was fined £3,000 in a court hearing in Nottingham this week.