Evening Telegraph

Watchdog to probe roof cave-in at old schoolhouse

Scotland’s health and safety watchdog is investigating a roof cave-in at an old Perthshire schoolhouse.

The former Hill Primary School in Blairgowrie

Part of the ceiling at Blairgowrie’s vacant Hill Primary building collapsed during a night of high winds.

The school is earmarked for new housing as part of a major construction project by local firm Corryard.

However, bosses have insisted they had not yet started work on the Victorian-era building.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a probe into the incident, following a complaint from a neighbour.

The resident raised concerns that, although no construction work had started on the school, boards over the windows had been removed.

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An HSE spokeswoman said: “HSE is aware and investigating the incident.

“As the investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment any further at this time.”

Corryard managing director John Burke said: “We have already discussed the process and procedures that we have followed to date, all of which are correct and compliant with HSE guidelines.

“It is important to note that the incident at Blair Hill is not a reportable incident to the HSE, but Corryard is engaging with the HSE as an extra level of precaution.”