Unite, the UK’s construction union, is seeking an urgent investigation to learn the lessons following the major scaffolding collapse that occurred in Reading today (Thursday 1 August).

In order to learn the lessons from the collapse, Unite believes that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) must swiftly undertake an open and transparent inquiry into the collapse.

Unite national officer Jerry Swain said: “Everyone must be very grateful that the injuries reported so far have not been serious.

“It is hoped that there are no other injuries and that no one remains trapped under the collapsed scaffolding.

“If fatalities have been avoided, that is only through luck.

“A full inquiry must not just include the immediate reasons for the scaffolding collapse but also examine whether the work had been sub-let, were all workers on site properly employed, and did they all have the appropriate skills and training.

“It is essential that we learn the lessons from this accident to prevent similar serious incidents in the future.”

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.