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Window falls six floors from an office block

Police cordoned-off a street near Tower Hill in the City of London on Saturday after a 10ft x 6ft window fell six floors from an office block.

The giant glass pane shattered on the pavement below but miraculously no-one was injured in the incident on Leman Street.

One passer-by said: “There was no building or maintenance work going on at the office block so it seems the glass somehow came loose.

“It’s a really hot day so I don’t know if that had anything to do with it because the front of the office is an all-glass atrium.

“Luckily it didn’t happen on a weekday because the pavement would have been full at midday when it came down.

“I walk by here every morning to go to the gym so I was only a matter of minutes away from being underneath it.”

A police officer at the site told the Enquirer: “We just got a call saying the street was covered in glass. It’s a bit of a mystery what has happened.”

Source: Construction Enquirer

 

Lighthouse Comments: Could this have been occurrence be a H&S issue? Lets look at CDM 07 first. The law requires that the building is safe for use and maintenance so the design of the building may have been at fault. So either the designer or installer could be under the spot light along with possible management failings by the Principal Contractor.  Second, RIDDOR may have needed to be informed as this looks to be a dangerous occurrence as a member of the public could have been severely injured or killed.

 

August 20, 2012 | Categories: News |
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