06.08.2021

Fatal tower incident

A three metre high aluminium scaffold tower overturned in high winds at a football match in Brisbane, Australia, on Sunday killing one of the spectators.

The incident occurred on July 25th at an Under 15s match at the Mitchelton football club. Andy Jones, 37, was watching his son play when winds - reportedly gusting up to 78kph - blew a three metre camera tower over that was located behind the spectators. It looks as though the double width tower was anchored to the ground, but the legs pulled to allow it to go over. Jones suffered serious head and chest injuries and was rushed to hospital where sadly he passed away shortly after his arrival.

Queensland Police said its forensic crash unit is preparing a report for a coroner. Jones grew up in the UK joining London’s Metropolitan Police service, where he became a sergeant. He moved to Brisbane in 2009 to join the Queensland Police Service as a senior constable but branched out into a number of other jobs and had only just joined SPS Facilities as national commercial manager. He was an avid football player and fan, supporting England and Arsenal. He leaves behind his wife Rhianne and four children all under 14. His family in the UK have been given special dispensation to travel to Australia for the funeral.
Andy Jones

The following news report has more detail on the incident:

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