It’s now emerged that children were playing in the school yard at the time of Friday’s scaffolding collapse at the entrance to Albert Road Infants School – and that the adjacent property from which the scaffolding fell was owned by the Vale of Glamorgan Council .
When the original collapse occurred on Friday May 5th – as exclusively reported on PDN on Friday May 5th (see http://tinyurl.com/lwo6j8h) – no comment could be gleaned from the Vale Council .
However it now transpires that it is the Vale Council which owns the property on which the work was being carried out and that it is the council – along with the contractors – which will be answerable to the Health and Safety Executive which is investigating the incident.
It’s also now emerged that children were actually playing in the school yard when the scaffolding collapsed – something which had been denied earlier
A PDN Poster says “Originally I thought my wife and kids had walked through the gate but actually they were standing next to the gate waiting for it to be opened. The teacher/teaching assistant was late opening the gate apparently. Luckily this meant that there wasn’t anyone walking through at the time.”
“They saw the scaffolding swinging in the wind and one of the mums ran in to tell the school. Seconds later it came crashing down in front of my wife. There were kids playing in the front playground and a large rock/stone just missed a small child apparently.”
The Vale of Glamorgan Council had claimed in a statement yesterday that “no pupils were in the vicinity at the time ” – but there is now considerable doubt about the council’s version of events.
The full statement from the Vale of Glamorgan Council read “On Friday May 5, scaffolding attached to a council owned property fell into the grounds of Albert Primary School. No pupils or staff were in the vicinity at the time. Representatives of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the school on the same day, as is their standard procedure.”
“The council’s building and maintenance and health and safety teams are now investigating the cause of the incident.Any damage to the school will be repaired as quickly as possible.”
Eyewitnesses now flatly contradict the Vale Council’s version of the accident. The school is continuing to operate normally but on Friday parents were advised to use a different entrance from normal when visiting the school.