An investigation has been launched after a shop sign fell and killed a bookseller outside a Waterstone’s store in Blackpool.
The worker, 68-year-old Margaret Sheridan, was pronounced dead at the scene following the tragedy at around 5.30pm on Monday, January 12th.
At this stage, it is still not known whether the accident outside the book shop on Bank Hey Street was related to the weather conditions. It is thought Mrs Sheridan was locking up the shop when the accident happened.
Trapped beneath sign
The joint investigation into the incident is being conducted by Lancashire Police and Blackpool Council.
Mrs Sheridan, of Singleton, Poulton-le-Fylde in Lancashire, worked as a bookseller at the Waterstones shop.
Witnesses have reported that a sign at the front of the shop fell. They say Mrs Sheridan was left trapped underneath the sign, which was lifted off her by members of the public.
A Waterstones spokeswoman has paid tribute to Mrs Sheridan, describing her as a well-respected and much-loved colleague.
Incident ‘tragic accident’
The spokeswoman described the incident as a “tragic accident”, adding that the company wished to pass on its condolences to Mrs Sheridan’s family.
Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for public safety and enforcement, Gillian Campbell, said the local authority was supporting the police investigation into the incident.
She said the council’s thoughts were with Mrs Sheridan and her family, adding that no further comment on the circumstances would be made until the investigation has been completed.
Following the accident, the scene was cordoned off and floral tributes have since been placed outside Waterstones.
Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden is reported as having called for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to look at the safety of shop signs on the stretch of Bank Hey Street.
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