Storm Eunice Causes Multiple Scaffold Incidents Across the UK
15th April 2022
Ensuring that scaffolding is adequately anchored is essential. However, during periods of high winds, sound anchorage takes on even more importance. February’s Storm Eunice, with wind speeds in excess of 90mph, highlighted this, with multiple scaffolding incidents reported throughout the UK. We take a look at just some of these below:
In Bristol, high winds saw scaffolding collapse onto 15 cars at a dealership. The three-storey high scaffolding caused substantial damage to cars at the Suzuki dealership, causing an estimated £150,000 to £200,000 of damage.
Potters Bar High Street was forced to close when scaffolding came away from the building on which it had been erected, causing it to lean precariously above the street and shed its white covering.
A passer-by in South Wimbledon filmed the moment that scaffolding came dangerously close to being blown from the roof of a building. Material from the top of the building could be seen flying from the top of the building. The Fire Brigade ultimately cordoned off an area around the building until the Building Control Team could deal with the issue.
Madison Height South Wimbledon – watch out folks it could be deadly. Pieces on main road apparently. Video from neighbour. @Merton_Council @nigelbenbow @SaveWimbledon @mehbo pic.twitter.com/ne4fj3dkwS
— world traveller ?? ?? ?? (@Nzsa12) February 18, 2022
Scaffolding in Seaford was cordoned off twice during the Storm as winds in the area reached 122 miles per hour. Fire crews were called to bring the scaffolding structure to safety, after movement was reported on the scaffolding. Ultimately the cordon was lifted at 9pm that night following an inspection by a building control officer.
With the UK known for its unpredictable weather, it is crucial that scaffolding structures of any size are inspected on a regular basis to ensure that they meet the required standards to cope with periods of poor weather, like that seen during Storm Eunice.
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