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    Health and Safety News

    Pedestrians struck by falling masonry

    By Jonathan Brown on August 12, 2015

    Pedestrians struck by falling masonry

    Falling masonry has hospitalised two people in Paisley, while a young girl has been treated for shock.

    Police Scotland is investigating the incident in Moss Street, which happened around 12.15pm on August 10. 

    The 30-year-old man and 49-year-old woman were taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital, while the 5-year-old girl was treated for shock. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. 

    Masonry came from shop

    Police were called to the area after receiving a report that masonry had fallen from a building above a shop.

    Moss Street was closed to traffic while Renfrewshire Council building control officers assessed the damage. Inquiries are continuing into the incident, which could have easily led to a fatality.

    Falling masonry

    Falling masonry can result in minor cuts and bruises and dust in the eye, as well as more serious injuries.

    Building materials including brick, stone, concrete, tile and stucco are heavy and fall with great speed and force, meaning they can quite easily knock a person unconscious. This could cause brain damage.

    Fortunately in this case, a Police Scotland spokeswoman says employees at the hospital confirmed injuries to the man and women are not life-threatening.

    Walls have been known to collapse because they have been badly built and are inherently weak, while parts of a building’s rendering outside or cosmetic structure inside can sometimes come away from where it is affixed.

    Old buildings, particularly those which have been subject to many years of neglect, are the most likely to fall apart.

    But new properties or renovations can be just as susceptible in freak weather conditions like high winds.

    Source: BBC

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    Date Published: August 12, 2015

    Author: Jonathan Brown

    Category: News

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