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Keltbray plant operator is now home recuperating

24 Apr 15 Demolition contractor Keltbray has issued a statement concerning the uncontrolled collapse of a building in London earlier this week.

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London Fire Brigade photo

Keltbray was bringing down a six-storey building in Portugal Street in the Holborn area of London when part of the building and the scaffolding around it suddenly came down. [See our previous report here.]

All but one of the site workers managed to escape injury. However, a plant operator, whose excavator came down in the collapse, was taken to hospital with head and arm wounds. He was discharged two days later.

In its statement, Keltbray said: “We can confirm that there was an incident on 20 April in Portugal Street, London, where Keltbray is working on the demolition of a building when part of the building and the scaffolding collapsed.

“Regretfully, our machine driver, who is highly experienced and respected, and has worked for Keltbray for over 20 years, was injured. We are pleased to be able to report, however, that having received hospital treatment, he was discharged late morning yesterday (Wednesday) and he is now recuperating at home.

“Fortunately nobody else was hurt.

“Our prime focus at present remains both supporting the machine driver and his family, and continuing our investigation of the incident with the relevant authorities. All operations on site have been suspended while we work to fully understand the circumstances of the incident.”

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