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    Health and Safety News

    Shards of glass fall from building

    By Jonathan Brown on September 7, 2017

    Shards of glass fall from building

    Workers and members of the public were lucky to escape uninjured after glass from a Manchester building fell to the ground below.

    Three glass panels broke

    The Ministry of Justice told Architects’ Journal that glass from Lendlease’s Manchester Civil Justice Centre fell from a great height onto a footpath and road below where members of the public could walk freely.

    Three glass panels on the Stirling Prize-nominated building, which was completed in 2008, were said to have broken with shards of glass falling to the street.

    The panels have since been made safe on the 10-year-old building. The landlord has been carrying out inspections of the 17-storey building.

    Building has history of problems

    This is not the first time the huge building – dubbed the ‘Filling Cabinet’ – has been in the news for safety issues.

    In June 2016, parts of the building became filled with smoke causing a mass evacuation. This was caused by a fire after problems arose with machinery in a utility room.

    And in July this year, one of its basements was flooded after a problem with the sprinkler system.

    An MoJ spokesperson said: “As a result, the fire and electrical installations were isolated for safety reasons. The system has now been repaired and is fully functioning.”

    A spokesperson for contractor Lendlease said it was meeting with the team at the court to “understand the situation”.

    Reference: Architects’ Journal

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    Date Published: September 7, 2017

    Author: Jonathan Brown

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