The Vale of Glamorgan Council has issued a press release to announce that it’s been praised by the Health and Safety Executive for the actions it took over last week’s collapse of a house undergoing major re-development in Clinton Road, Penarth.
The council says the Health and Safety Executive has praised what it calls “the quick and decisive actions of the Council’s Principal Building Control Officer, which led to the safe demolition of the dangerous structure, under the substantial pressure and scrutiny of the national media and concerned residents.”
The Health and Safety Executive says it had not been anticipated that their comment – made in a letter to the Vale of Glamorgan Council – would “end up in a council press release”.
As reported by PDN ( see – http://tinyurl.com/hszvdvp and http://tinyurl.com/zkakctm ) the house began to collapse on Friday June 10th . The emergency services, utility companies, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s building control team attended the scene “to manage any risk to the public and surrounding properties”.
One next-door property was evacuated overnight pending further demolition of the structure t by a specialist company he following day.
Marcus Goldsworthy, Head of Regeneration and Planning for the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “It is pleasing to see that our Building Control Team were instrumental in ensuring that the property on Clifton Road was made safe, promptly. The decisive actions of the team have removed the immediate concerns of neighbours and residents.
Mr Goldsworthy says “Most building developments are completed without incident, but when called upon, our officers worked closely with the agencies on site, to minimise the risk to the public.”
The council says the Health and Safety Executive is continuing to investigate the circumstances of the collapse.