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By SUN ONLINE REPORTER
A TEAM of health and safety officers had to be rescued after their office collapsed during a meeting.
Twenty-one officers had been discussing evacuation procedures around a large wooden conference table when the floor beneath them gave way.
Workers on the floor below saw the ceiling start to sag and buckle and ran out of the room.
Seconds later the floor gave way completely, plunging the health and safety officers, their table, chairs, flip charts, clipboards and paperwork into the office below.
Thirteen firemen using ladders and ropes pulled the officers out from the debris.
One had broken her ankle and was taken to hospital along with three others who had bumps and bruises.
The other 17 were left shocked but uninjured.
After the rescue yet more health and safety officers arrived to investigate the cause of the incident.
The building, in Hyde, Greater Manchester, is home to schools supply firm Findel Education Ltd.
A spokesman said: “The affected area has been sealed off but the rest of the building remains operational, in agreement with the health and safety officers."
It is not yet known if any of the workers will now take their
employer to court on health and safety grounds.