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Shopping centre fit out failure

Shopping centre fit out failure (Last Updated On: November 18, 2016)

A temporary wall, used to cover a shop fit out, has collapsed in a Melbourne shopping centre injuring several shoppers. It has been released that heavy winds could have been the reason behind the collapse of the wooden structure that fell onto at least 6 shoppers.

An ambulance officer confirmed that two people were sent to hospital with head and shoulder injuries after the wooden cladding struck them. All injured remain in a stable condition. Two cars that were being used in a shopping centre promotion were also damaged.

WorkSafe investigator Peter Flaherty confirmed the workplace insurer was investigating the incident, but would not comment on the likely cause. This example is proof that accidents can occur at anytime without warning with potentially serious implications.

Small businesses frequently conduct refurbishments and fit outs on business premises. If you currently do not have any Workplace Health and Safety policies and procedures in place, your business may be at risk.

If an incident such as this recent incident occurred and affected your business would you be covered?

If you are planning on changing or upgrading your current premises and would like to ensure that your customers and employees are safe call Employsure on 1300 651 415.
Employsure’s Health and Safety Consultants can support you by coming onsite and checking that you are legally compliant and can provide you with the answers to ensure that your workplace is safe. Employsure also provides clients with insurance should you experience a workplace incident.

Sourced: Sun Herald

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