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Shops reopen after scaffold fall in Swindon town centre

Scaffold collapse in Swindon
The HSE is investigating the incident which happened on Tuesday

Shops which had to close after scaffolding collapsed in the pedestrian area of Swindon's town centre reopened earlier.

The cordon has now been removed from The Parade, Regent Street and Bridge Street after scaffolding fell down on Tuesday outside the BHS building.

Nobody was injured but streets were closed as a precaution while work was carried out overnight to make it safe.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is investigating the incident.

Scaffolding removed

A spokesman for the HSE said one of its inspectors visited the site on Tuesday.

"The HSE and the local authority will now investigate whether there are grounds for prosecution. No decision is likely before the end of the week," he added.

Ian Wright from building contractors Sisk, who are currently redeveloping the site, said: "We had a crew in working overnight to get the parade back into operation for this morning."

He said containment scaffolding, which held some of the debris back when part of the building collapsed unexpectedly, had been damaged in the incident.

The distorted containment scaffolding, which came to rest against a lamppost, had been removed, he added.

He said: "Obviously we're investigating and what led to that unexpected fall and our team are on site doing that today and have been overnight. "



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