Angus property owners have been urged to make regular checks in the wake of a Montrose stairwell collapse that left a man in hospital.
Council chiefs have said the area is home to a number of outside steps similar to those leading up to flats on the town’s Union Street which were at the centre of last month’s drama.
A 31-year-old man was taken to hospital after being injured in the incident and firefighters had to use a nine-metre ladder to lead a woman and child to safety from the upstairs property after the collapse.
The stone staircases were widely constructed by masons in the 17th-19th Centuries and many are still standing across the UK.
However, a series of collapses have prompted academic research into potential pitfalls, including stress tests on different types of stone. Angus Council said the Montrose incident should serve as a reminder to owners that they have a duty to ensure their stairwells are safe.
A spokesman said: “There are many similar type tenement properties throughout Angus, which in years past had external stairs and landings constructed to provide access to properties.
“Homeowners should be aware that they are responsible for carrying out any checks and repairs.
“We advise any homeowner who has external stairs and landings at their property undertakes regular condition checks. If they are in any doubt they can get advice from suitably-qualified professionals who can assess the structural integrity and carry out any necessary repairs.”