Stadium collapse in Enschede

Friday 08 Jul 2011

One dead and at least 14 injured as roof crumples at FC Twente's De Grolsch Veste

At approximately midday yesterday, a section of roofing at De Grolsch Veste Stadium in Enschede collapsed, killing one construction worker and injuring up to 16. Home of Dutch team FC Twente, the scarlet stadium was undergoing renovation and expansion works to accommodate many thousands more football fans.

In a statement from FC Twente, Chairman Joop Munsterman spoke of the shock that the team are under and noted that all upcoming press events will be cancelled, as will this week’s match against Zeeland. Munsterman furthered: “We wish everyone who has been affected by this incident a lot of strength and send particular condolences to the family of the deceased.”

At this point it is unclear exactly what caused the roof to crumple, however detailed images show a large section of roofing flat to the seats with numerous support beams twisted into obscure and unusual forms. No information is available as yet as to why this tragedy has occurred.

Concerns have been raised of late over the spiralling number of injuries sustained by construction workers the world over, some resulting in death. Despite the immense volume of health and safety requirements dictated by common practice, each week more and more reports surface of injury and fatality on construction sites.

Many of these unfortunate events are the result of someone falling from a building, an inadvertent fire, or accidental damage, meaning that the tragic events at De Grolsch Veste yesterday are all the more unusual.

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