Flying Scaffolding Planks Leaves Beirut in its Wake

Dublin, Ireland

A scaffolding accident at a Dublin construction site has the foreman in charge describing the scene as ‘Beirut’:

Scaffolding foreman Michael Dolan, of Dolan Scaffolding, Raphoe, Co Donegal, which was subcontracted to provide and maintain the scaffolding, told the inquest he had noticed the previous September that the boards were beginning to lift in the wind.

Initially they had nailed the boards down with plywood, but then used metal batten clamps. Despite these, boards were still lifting in high winds.

Three days before the incident, high winds had caused planks and other items to blow around and he had asked to close part of the site. “It was like Beirut down there,” he said.

No where in the world would a scaffolding accident occur except in Beirut. Or Abu Dhabi:

The collapsed scaffolding at an under-construction building on Murour Road, near Al Falah Plaza, in Abu Dhabi.

The collapsed scaffolding at an under-construction building on Murour Road, near Al Falah Plaza, in Abu Dhabi. (Image Credit: Pankaj Sharma/Gulf News)

Or Dubai:

The building under construction on Dubai-Al Ain Road, where the scaffolding collapsed. A Dubai Police rescue helicopter was used to move accident victims to hospital.

The building under construction on Dubai-Al Ain Road, where the scaffolding collapsed. A Dubai Police rescue helicopter was used to move accident victims to hospital. (Image Credit: PANKAJ SHARMA/Gulf News)

Michael Dolan will be receiving his Looks Like Beirut Certificate shortly.

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