Friday 02 December 2011

Scaffold Collapse At Geelong

WorkSafe is investigating an incident involving a scaffold which fell and landed on a car at the Geelong suburb of Belmont this morning. 

A shop in High Street was being demolished and while no one was hurt, it is the latest in a number of incidents involving scaffolds or collapses arising from demolition work in recent years.

WorkSafe’s General Manager for Operations, Lisa Sturzenegger, said uncompleted, partly demolished or damaged structures had to be properly supported as workers or members of the public were at risk.

“Proper planning of the work and supervision of it, contractor management and ensuring people have the right equipment for the job is essential.

“Structural collapses, including scaffolds, can be prevented and while no one was hurt in today’s incident it produced a high-risk situation for workers and members of the public.

Today’s incident was the latest in a number of high profile collapses in recent years.

  • Tonnes of bricks and debris fell into a Brunswick Street in September as the facade of a former theatre which was being demolished collapsed.
  • A scaffold collapsed into Commercial Road Prahran in February 2009 blocking the street, damaging cars. No one was hurt.
  • In October 2007 in Exhibition Street, Melbourne a scaffold fell from a building, damaging a car and narrowly missing pedestrians. 

If you see construction or demolition work that doesn’t look safe – call WorkSafe's advisory service on 1800 136 089.

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Rosanna Bonaccurso 0478 305 640

Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.