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Safety inspector hit with shovel

A ROAD worker attacked a safety inspector with a shovel for trying to shut down his site in south London on Monday.

Construction News understands that an inspector from Lambeth Borough Council's highways division was sent to inspect a site in Weir Road following a complaint from a local councillor that the site was unsafe.

The inspector ruled that the job - where Skanska McNicholas is carrying out utility work for EDF Energy - was unsafe and ordered the utilities gang to shut it down.

But an operative on the site went berserk and attacked the inspector with a shovel, causing injuries including splitting open his hand. Police were called to the job to deal with disturbance.

A police spokesman said: 'A Lambeth works inspector went to the site to check the safety of the road and once there he spotted potential dangers.

'A site worker walked towards him with a shovel, there was a brief conversation and there was a slap on the back. There was also a slight cut to his hand. It is logged under an allegation of ABH.'

Skanska McNicholas was unavailable to comment.