After the partial collapse of the roof of the Apollo theatre in 2013, which left 80 people injured, many people began to question the health and safety of London’s West End theatres. More than 32,000 people attend theatres in central London every night and they are said to generate £1.9bn every year for the UK economy. When it comes to health and safety, it’s essential not to take any risks, especially if there have been proven cases of accidents. However, the unfortunate case at the Apollo was an isolated incident and is unlikely to reoccur. Steps have been taken to ensure that theatres remain safe for patrons.
What caused the collapse of the roof at the Apollo?
Investigators are still unsure as to the exact cause of the collapse but have however pointed to a number of factors. The Theatres Trust, which helps to preserve Britain’s historic playhouses, said theatre plasterwork was inspected regularly and certified regularly by independent experts. It is thought that a brief but intense rainstorm weakened the plasterwork which led to partial collapse.
How can we be sure that this won’t happen again?
In the wake of the theatre collapse, the local authorities in London rushed to assure theatre-goers that the incident would not reoccur. Since then, a thorough inspection has been carried out on London’s West End theatres in order to ensure that the building materials and structural integrity of the theatres remains safe.
Slip, trip or fall at the theatre?
If you’ve suffered an accident at the theatre such as a slip, trip or fall within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information on how you could be entitled to a 100% no-win-no-fee* trip or slip claim. Our lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly, professional advisors who will place you under no obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that may be discussed.
Alternatively, you can find out online just how much compensation you could be entitled to by taking our 30-second test. The majority of claims are settled outside court, meaning many of our clients will not have to make a court appearance when pursuing a claim for compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice