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Thursday, 21 November

Ticking Timebomb - Building Site Collapse

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters and officers were called to a fire at a building under construction on Mitcham Road in Tooting in London yesterday morning just a day after two workers died in two separate incidents.

Fortunately nobody was harmed – the fire was reported at about 05:00a.m. and thus no-one was on site. The incident comes after warnings from The Sunday Observer that a ‘ticking timebomb’ has been set to go off in an industry that has lost skills through the recession and is now moving at such a pace that injuries, accidents and deaths are an inevitability.

The paper quoted Baroness Donaghy, who wrote a report, One DeathToo Many last year.

The three storey building was badly damaged by fire and suffered a partial collapse at the rear of the property.

 Firefighters from Wimbledon, Tooting, Mitcham and Norbury fire stations attended the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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