Fall­ing glass hits In­ver­ness shop­per

Sim­i­lar re­tail park in­ci­dents re­called af­ter man hurt by glass

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SCOTT MA­CLEN­NAN

RE­TAIL bosses shut down one of In­ver­ness’s top shop­ping des­ti­na­tions af­ter a man was hos­pi­talised af­ter be­ing hit by a fall­ing pane of glass.

It is be­lieved to be the sec­ond in­ci­dent since Sun­day in front of the New Look store at the In­ver­ness Cen­tre re­tail park on East­field Way.

Eye­wit­ness Stu­art Col­cough said: “We heard this mas­sive crash. This guy got it right on the head, he was knocked to his knees, and was hold­ing his head, and he was bleed­ing.”

Shop work­ers and spe­cial­ists were left sweep­ing up blood and glass from the pave­ment around the busy com­plex, which at­tracts 4mil­lion shop­pers ev­ery year.

FTI Con­sult­ing, the agents of site owner Bri­tish Land, said: “The In­ver­ness Cen­tre is tem­po­rar­ily closed while we eval­u­ate the cause of the in­ci­dent.”

One of the busiest re­tail cen­tres in In­ver­ness has been tem­po­rar­ily closed amid safety con­cerns af­ter a man was in­jured by a fall­ing pane of glass.

The man in his 30s was taken to the city’s Raig­more Hos­pi­tal with fa­cial in­juries af­ter the in­ci­dent at the In­ver­ness Cen­tre re­tail park on East­field Way yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

It was the sec­ond in­ci­dent in­volv­ing the out­door canopies that run along the front of the shops within three days.

The area was im­me­di­ately cleared of blood and de­bris which had spread over an area of pave­ment out­side the New Look store.

Eye­wit­ness Stu­art Col­cough said: “I was walk­ing out, I took one step then I heard this mas­sive bang.”

He said: “I just man­aged to get back in the shop, me and this lady, we took some glass, but we heard this mas­sive crash.

“This guy got it right on the head, he was knocked to his knees, and was hold­ing his head, and he was bleed­ing.

“We im­me­di­ately shouted at them in the shop to call an am­bu­lance and to bring some tis­sues.”

Mr Col­cough added: “Then this lady came out of New Look and said the same thing hap­pened on Sun­day be­fore trad­ing hours – I was re­ally an­noyed when I heard that.”

The Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said: “We re­ceived a call at 1406 hours today to at­tend an in­ci­dent at the In­ver­ness Busi­ness and Re­tail Park.”

Laura Jones, a shop­per who came upon the scene, said: “At first I thought some­one had fallen through the door but re­alised the glass came from the roof.”

She added: “It made me think: is it safe? They are all about the same age and could be a bit loose: we were lucky be­cause we could have started at the other end.”

Miss Jones’ friend Erin Ali­son said “I re­mem­ber the same thing hap­pened a year or two ago, as well.”

Coun­cil­lor Dun­can Macpher­son said: “Safe­ty­wise it is a bit shock­ing, I am wor­ried about it and I am urg­ing build­ing con­trol to look at it very se­ri­ously.”

“We need to have as­sur­ances from health and safety and build­ing con­trol.”

In June a woman nar­rowly avoided be­ing hit by fall­ing glass at the re­tail park along the same con­course but out­side a dif­fer­ent store.

FTI Con­sult­ing, the agents of the site owner Bri­tish Land, said: “We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of an in­ci­dent that has oc­curred today at the In­ver­ness Cen­tre.

“The In­ver­ness Cen­tre is tem­po­rar­ily closed while we eval­u­ate the cause of the in­ci­dent.

“The safety of our cus­tomers and staff is our high­est pri­or­ity.”

CLEAN UP: The man was taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter the glass fell – the sec­ond time a pane has fallen from a canopy in three days

DAN­GER: Miss­ing panes of glass can be seen on the canopy above the New Look store, right, at the busy In­ver­ness Cen­tre re­tail park in In­ver­ness

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