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Bus Hits Scaffolding in Bristol City Centre

22nd August 2022

A city centre road was forced to close in Bristol in July, following a bus crash into scaffolding.

The incident occurred early morning, and saw the bus collide with scaffolding and subsequently blocking the road.

Police were called to the scene, closing the road and redirecting traffic in order to remove the bus and allow builders time to move the scaffolding back in place and ensure its safety.

Luckily no injuries were reported following the incident, but it once again highlights the importance of ensuring the segregation of vehicles and scaffolds is carried out appropriately to protect the structure from potential vehicle impacts.

Jamie Lyons, Scaffolding Health and Safety Advisor at SIMIAN said:

“Incidents such as this are sadly all-too-common, and they could very easily be avoided by carrying out a very simple risk assessment, and adhering to the widely available guidance on scaffolding in public areas.

Many of the vehicle/scaffolding incidents we see result in superficial damage and no injury, but that is very often attributable to luck more than good judgement.

Want to learn more about the segregation of vehicles and scaffolds? Our team has put together a handy Toolbox Talk to take you through the key considerations for any scaffold erected on a public highway. Take a look here.