Three Injured In Major Scaffolding Collapse In Reading

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Demolition incident in Reading 2019

Three people have been hurt after a large section of scaffolding collapsed in the main shopping area of Reading.

Emergency services and search and rescue teams are currently looking for injured people after the section of scaffold fell on Garrard Street. The site was being demolished in a major redevelopment of Reading town centre.

A site worker has been treated for a head injury, while a man and a woman were treated for suspected shock and an ankle injury.

It is not known if any more people were in or around the building when it collapsed.

Tony Heselton, incident commander for SCA, said: “Our emergency operations control room team took upwards of 10 emergency calls from around 11.15am all reporting a scaffolding collapse at the former Friars Walk Shopping Centre.

“We have assessed three patients who sustained minor injuries as a result of the collapse.

“We are remaining on scene to support colleagues from the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.”