Leicester scaffolding firm fined after street collapse

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image captionThe Health and Safety Executive said workers for the firm had not taken proper precautions to ensure the scaffolding would not collapse during dismantling

A scaffolding firm has been fined after a large tower collapsed into a city centre street, hitting a bus, van and two pedestrians.

It was being dismantled when it fell into Charles Street, Leicester, in January.

Two women were injured, with one of them left trapped by the fallen structure.

The company, Emperor Scaffolding Limited, was found to have not followed a "safe system of work".

Leicester Magistrates' Court heard an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the scaffolding had not been tied to the building and workers failed to check its condition before they started to dismantle it.

image captionTwo people were taken to hospital for treatment following the scaffolding collapse

The firm pleaded guilty to breaking construction regulations and was fined £8,000, with additional costs of £2,000.

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