Two men seriously injured in London steelwork and scaffolding collapse

West London Scaffolding Collapse
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Two men have been seriously injured after steelwork collapsed onto scaffolding erected on a town hall at a construction site in West London.

Dozens of police, fire and ambulance vehicles attended Hammersmith town hall in King Street after the incident at around 5.30pm on Wednesday.

According to reports, both men had suffered ‘life-threatening injuries and were rushed to a major trauma centre “as a priority”.

The Metropolitan police have said the men were taken to a central London hospital, and the Health and Safety Executive had been informed.

A source told Scaffmag: “The steelwork collapsed and took the scaffolding down with it, when the steelwork failed it knocked over the cherry picker the steelworkers were working on.”

It is believed that one of the steel erectors was thrown 30m from the cherry picker and the other was still attached by his harness.

The London ambulance service said: “An investigation has been launched after two men were injured after scaffolding attached to Hammersmith town hall collapsed late on Wednesday afternoon.

“Officers from the Metropolitan police attended along with firefighters.”