By Jacob Phillips, Local Democracy Reporter
Two builders have been injured after scaffolding collapsed at the Hammersmith Town hall building site.
Onlookers’ flats were left shaking ‘like an earthquake’ as scaffolding crashed down at the civic centre development.
Police were called to the scene at 5.45pm on Wednesday last week after residents nearby heard a huge bang.
Joyce Frimley, 81, who was asked to evacuate her flat, said: “There was a banging and then the place shook. It made me jump all day. It could have been a bomb.”
Erick Dos Santos was working across the road when the incident occurred and said there was a “massive banging noise”. Meanwhile, Radomir Grkovic, who lives opposite Hammersmith Town Hall, said the ground “shock like an earthquake”.
Mr Grkovic said: “I was in the flat. I just heard banging and it just shook. It was like an earthquake. It shook twice. It shook and then a couple of seconds later it shook again. I looked through the window and I couldn’t see anything. All I know is that something fell.”
Mr Dos Santos said: “At around 5.30pm it was a normal working day really. These guys finish at around 6pm. We had the door open. We heard a massive banging noise which sounded like something had fallen from quite a high distance.
“I didn’t see it but around 10 minutes later at around 5.45pm we started to see police cars arriving, the fire brigade and emergency services as well.”
A Met Police spokesman said: “At 5.41pm on Wednesday, May 11 police were alerted to an incident at a construction site in King Street, W6.
“Officers attended to assist the London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade. Two men were taken to a Central London hospital. Their injuries have been assessed as non-life threatening. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.”
The housing project is being completed by A2Dominion on the behalf of Hammersmith and Fulham Council.
An A2Dominion spokesperson said: “Our thoughts and best wishes are with all those involved, particularly the two men who have been injured.
“Our immediate priority is supporting Hammersmith and Fulham council and the emergency services with their ongoing investigations.”
Pictured top: Hammersmith town hall (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Laurence Mackman)