HSE Investigates Stoke-on-Trent Scaffolding Collapse

Expert Concerned Over Incident


A work accident expert at Irwin Mitchell has welcomed the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) investigation into an incident which saw scaffolding collapse on a street in Stoke-on-Trent.

Reports have revealed that scaffolding in use on a row of houses on Wellington Road, Hanley fell down at the weekend.

Emergency services crews attended the scene where fortunately, no one was found to be injured.

Irwin Mitchell has regularly provided advice and support to those affected by serious accidents at work, as well as members of the public who have been hurt as a result of the failure of companies to meet safety guidelines.

David Urpeth, national head of workplace injuries at the firm, said: “While it is welcome news that no one was hurt in the incident, serious questions have been raised about how the collapse came to occur in the first place.

“This was a very serious accident and one that could have had major consequences for a number of people, including those working for the firms involved and the general public.

“I hope the HSE are able to quickly and thoroughly assess how this happened and, in turn, compile evidence which can be used to ensure nothing like this happens again.