Probe looks at scaffold collapse cause

HEALTH and safety chiefs are consulting scaffolding experts as part of their ongoing investigation into an incident which saw scaffolding topple on to parked cars in a busy town centre street.

HEALTH and safety chiefs are consulting scaffolding experts as part of their ongoing investigation into an incident which saw scaffolding topple on to parked cars in a busy town centre street.

The accident happened in Needham Market High Street last month outside a property being externally cleaned by builders.

The scaffolding plummeted to the ground, damaging a Peugeot 206 and Honda Civic car.

Nobody was on the scaffolding at the time and no pedestrians were injured.


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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation into the incident and attended the site to carry out an assessment.

A spokesman for the HSE said: “The HSE investigation is still ongoing. We are consulting specialists to do with scaffolding.”

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After the incident, shopper Jill Harnell, from Creeting St Mary, told how she had walked under the scaffolding moments before it fell.

“It did shake me up a little bit. Thank goodness I wasn't there - I don't know what would have happened,” she said.

The HSE spokesman said he did not know when the investigation would be complete.

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