Scaffolding surrounding an apartment block in West London collapsed, causing major traffic delays and almost crushing pedestrians to death.
The incident happened on a building site in Hayes, with the noise of the metal crashing to the ground sounding ‘like a bomb going off.’
Despite the structural collapse covering a pavement and encroaching onto the road, miraculously there were no injuries from the incident.
It did, however, cause chaos on local roads as it took a whopping six hours to clear the scaffolding.
Inches from danger
Along with the stress it caused to commuters, a father and his young son were left shaken up after a near miss.
Guy Beggs, 34, and his two-year-old son were just inches from being caught in the crush.
“I had a bit of a breakdown, I was actually sick to be honest, I didn’t know what was going on,” Beggs told Get West London. “It was like a domino wave all the way down, it was unreal.”
“I sat outside and another man came up and said: ‘You don’t realise how lucky you are, I saw it all. You were very, very close then, the both of you’,” he continued.
The owners of the scaffolding that collapsed on September 30th could be making a hefty insurance claim in the near future.
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