Builders hurt as tower falls

A scaffolding tower on Wimbourne Place, South Shore, which collapsed and destroyed a lamppost.
A scaffolding tower on Wimbourne Place, South Shore, which collapsed and destroyed a lamppost.
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A SCAFFOLDING tower used to refurbish a nursing home collapsed and injured two builders.

Four police cars and an ambulance were called to Napier Nursing Home, South Shore, at 1.20pm on Monday when the 18ft tower fell.

The metalwork struck a lamppost on its way down which was broken in two and a workman’s van also sustained damaged when it took the brunt of the impact.

Trudie Cooper, manager at Napier Lodge, said: “I believe it wasn’t positioned correctly and it fell to the side and the two men on the scaffolding fell with it.

“Fortunately it fell against a lamppost and the van which softened the fall of the men.

“I have spoken to the builders and they are both fine and there were no serious injuries.”

David Jones, 50, from the Henson Hotel, Clifton Drive, witnessed the damage, as he was passing in his car.

He said: “I was shocked at first because there were so many police cars there and an ambulance and I thought there were a lot of serious injuries.

“There was cement and sand all over the place after it had collapsed and I’m relieved there are only minor injuries.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We were called to Napier Avenue at 1.20pm on Monday.

“Two people received minor injuries and paramedics attended the scene, but the men did not need hospital treatment.”

J M Bishop, the building company involved in the incident were unavailable to comment.

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