Storm Gertrude hits Scottish Scaffolding


Storm Gertrude hits Scottish
Scaffolding

Last month Storm Gertrude brought high winds and
disruption, with winds reaching speeds of 80mph battering building
developments across Scotland. In the Cairngorm mountains, winds
peaked at a breezy 144mph.

TheMet Officeissued an
amber weather warning for much of Scotland, alerting the public and
emergency services to hazardous weather conditions which had the
potential to endanger life.

Scaffolding Collapse

In East
Dunbartonshire, the wind brought down scaffolding at a building
site. Workers had to remove the fallen scaffolding from the
development in Lenzie, North Glasgow.

In
Clydebank, families were evacuated from their homes by the
emergency services after scaffolding collapsed onto their roofs.
Police cordoned off the road while a building control team from the
local authority assessed if the properties were stable.

Emergency Response

A
spokesman from
Scotland’s Fire and Rescue
Service
stated: “We took a call at 7.05am
from police which reported that some scaffolding had landed on the
roof of a house. Firefighters and an aerial platform were
dispatched to the scene. The crews assisted in evacuating the two
families from the affected properties in Hillend Crescent,
Duntocher.”

Lewis
Ramsey, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Assistant Chief Officer
said the service was ready to provide assistance wherever it was
needed.

“Firefighters are working closely with other partner agencies
to resolve these incidents and are fully committed to protecting
the community and to ensuring everyone’s safety during this
difficult weather. We will respond wherever we are needed”, he
said.

Disruption

Gertrude
has brought
disruption across
the region, with trees being felled, power cuts, and school and
road closures.

The storm
is the latest in a long series of severe weather events that have
battered the country since December, in what is proving to be a
very unsettled winter season.

With more unsettled weather forecast throughout February,
it is likely that those working at height have not seen the end of
the disruption.