Just before the Christmas Shutdown Makers received a call to attend an emergency involving a 4×4 vehicle and the existing fenestration.
The crash completely sheared the impact barrier and dislodged the four of the pre-cast panels making up the façade.
“When we arrived we were amazed that nobody had been hurt. The precast panels were suspended in air by some secondary mesh, we quickly had to make the area safe and restrain the panels to prevent them falling.”
Darren Wootton – Operations Director
The speed and force of the impact was to sever that support post to the impact barrier was lifted out of the slab as the fixings sheared. The secondary metalwork framework was destroyed and one of the PPC planks split in the middle.
“Speed was of the essence as one of the PPC panels was only being held on by 2 small fixings and with a weight of over 150 kg preventing it crashing on cars below it would only be a matter of time before they failed”
Darren Wootton-Operations Director
We are happy to report that the works went smoothly, the area made safe and the gentleman in question was unhurt albeit a little shaken. Although the gentleman carried on his journey he returned to report the accident later on.
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