An estate agent was among two people taken to hospital after a freak accidentat a derelict house in Nottingham.
The estate agent and a customer viewing the Grade-II listed property were both injured when the floor gave way, causing them to fall into the cellar.
The potential buyer was being shown around the six-bedroom house in the Sneinton area of the city when the floor collapsed.
The property, located in Promenade, St Ann’s, was due to be auctioned on October 10 by estate agents Savills by order of Nottingham City Council.
An ambulance service spokeswoman said a woman had suffered head injuries in the incident while a man reported a back injury. They were both taken to the city’s Queens Medical Centre for treatment.
‘Terrible freak accident’
An investigation into the incident has now been launched by Nottingham City Council.
A spokesman for the council said: “This appears to have been a terrible freak accident at a property we have been trying to sell which has been empty for a number of years. We’re investigating how this happened and have secured the building until structural engineers have established what needs to be done to make sure the building is safe.”
Savills, which is selling the property, issued a statement confirming that two people had been injured.
The company added: “Our first concerns are with the two people hurt, one of whom is a Savills employee. We wish them a full and speedy recovery.
“We are fully co-operating with the investigation into the cause of this accident and are working with Nottingham City Council, which owns the building, to understand the cause.”
If you have been injured in a slip or fall at work, the Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you make a compensation claim.
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Date Published: October 2, 2013
Author: David Brown