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March 6, 2018

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Glass panel safety warning issued after spate of accidents

Highland Council has called on shop owners to check glass canopies and fronts, after a series of accidents in local retail parks.

In a statement, the local authority urged “all building owners” with glass canopies to check they have adequate inspection and maintenance arrangements in place.

“Such maintenance checks should ensure that the glazing, including the method of fixing and support, has been properly maintained in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations,” the statement adds.

“Building owners are reminded that the primary responsibility for ensuring the safety of members of the public in and around their buildings lies with them.”

In the statement, the local authority added it is not aware of this “being a national issue” but has contacted all the other councils in Scotland to see if they have had similar issues.

Building owners responsible

“The council advices that the responsibility of public safety lies with all building owners to inspect their premises whether they are commercial, retail, business, public or privately owned,” the statement adds.

In January, a glass panel fell from a shop front at the Inshes Retail Park. Fortunately nobody was harmed at the time.

But in November last year, a shopper was injured after a glass panel fell from a shop frontage at the Inverness Centre.

At the time, the council’s Building Standards department issued a dangerous building notice for the Inverness Retail Park, which was temporarily closed for investigations following the incident.

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