Dad and tod­dler just inches from death

Pair al­most crushed af­ter scaf­fold­ing at Tri­dent House col­lapses

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

A FA­THER and his tod­dler were inches away from be­ing crushed when scaf­fold­ing col­lapsed around them in Hayes.

Guy Beggs, 34, from Manch­ester was in town with his two-year-old son Len­non to visit a fam­ily mem­ber.

They were walk­ing up Sta­tion Road, pulling a suit­case, when scaf­fold­ing around Tri­dent House – Gal­liard Homes’ de­vel­op­ment of apart­ment suites – top­pled in a ‘domino wave’ on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 30.

A shocked Mr Beggs told the Gazette: “The scaf­fold­ing col­lapsed just inches away from us. It fell into the mid­dle of the street.

“To be hon­est I thought a bomb was go­ing off it made that much of a noise and then I re­mem­ber look­ing into the street and see­ing all the cars swerv­ing out of the way. I looked across to see the scaf­fold­ing that had fell down and it was like a wave – each bit just dragged the other bit down.

“I was ac­tu­ally sick to be hon­est, I didn’t know what was go­ing on.

“A cou­ple of peo­ple got out of their cars and asked if any­body was trapped. There were a cou­ple of re­ally nice peo­ple mak­ing sure there were no­body un­der­neath it.”

Mr Beggs, who works as man­ager for a main­te­nance com­pany, said ‘a few choice words’ to one of the work­men.

He went back to a nearby res­tau­rant where he had said good­bye to his aunt and asked her to hold his son while he ‘got him­self to­gether’.

A by­stander ap­proached and told Mr Beggs he had been ex­tremely lucky, adding: “I saw it all. You were very, very close, the both of you.”

Mr Beggs took a taxi to Eus­ton want­ing to get his son home safely and quickly. He said: “I’ve had to go to the doc­tors be­cause I keep re-liv­ing it. I want to know why me and my son were nearly killed.

“It was on a busy high street, it should be more than safe. There could have been 100 peo­ple on that path­way.”

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice said it took six hours to clear the road.

A spokesman added the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is with the Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive, which is mak­ing ‘pre­lim­i­nary en­quiries’.

Gal­liard Homes, which hopes to com­plete the apart­ments by early 2016, de­clined to com­ment.

■ ‘DOMINO EF­FECT’: The col­lapsed scaf­fold­ing and (inset) Guy Beggs and son Len­non

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