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HSE moves in on scaffold collapse

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SAFETY inspectors are poring over the detailed designs of the scaffold that collapsed, killing one worker, during construction of a 10-storey Jury's Inn hotel in Milton Keynes last week.

A Health & Safety Executive spokeswoman said: 'We will be looking at the design and implementation of the scaffold and the way the scaffold was secured to the structure. We will also look at loading of the scaffold including environmental factors such as high winds.' HSE inspectors returned to the site on Tuesday. It had remained closed after site management decided to extend the Easter break.

Police met the inspectors to hand over the investigation before work was due to resume on site yesterday (Wednesday).

A statement issued after the incident by the main contractor, Belfast firm McAleer & Rushe, said part of the scaffolding on the hotel building collapsed during sustained high winds.

Scaffolding contractor North Notts Scaffolding, based in Mansfield, was unavailable for comment.

Three workers were seriously injured in the collapse. John Robinson, 49, died at Milton Keynes General Hospital on Fr iday.

A statement issued by Thames Valley Police on behalf of Mr Robinson's family said: 'John was a family man and leaves a widow, three children and six grandchildren.'

McAleer & Rushe managing director Eamonn Laverty said: 'It is with deep regret that we have learned of the death of one of the construction workers injured in the site accident last Tuesday.

'Our thoughts and condolences are with the family of the bereaved, to whom we offer our sincere sympathy at this time.' An inquest into his death is due to open today (Thursday) at the Civic Offices in Milton Keynes.

HSE records show McAleer & Rushe was served three prohibition notices for scaffoldrelated incidents between February 2003 and July 2004.