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HSE ends scaffold collapse site probe


SCAFFOLDING and debris has finally been cleared from the site of the Jurys Inn hotel in Milton Keynes following the 10-storey scaffold collapse nearly three months ago.

The Health and Safety Executive has collected all the evidence it needs to continue its investigation into April's collapse.

The remaining external scaffold has been made safe and stabilised but is still unusable due to shock waves that went through it at the collapse. Work has continued inside the hotel.

An HSE spokeswoman said: 'Alternative ways will have to be used to complete external work. Depending on how much external work remains to be done this could mean taking down the scaffold and putting new scaffold up.'

The 279-bedroom hotel for Dublin-based Jurys Doyle Hotel Group is part of a larger £23 million development. It was due to open last Friday.

Mansfield firm Bensam was responsible for erecting the scaffold. North Notts Scaffolding supplied scaffolding labour to the main contractor, Belfast firm McAleer & Rushe.

John Robertson, an employee of cladding contractor LSC, died in hospital of a heart attack following the incident.