Terror as glass smashes in Eastgate Centre

Southend Standard: Shock - the broken glass on the Eastgate floor Shock - the broken glass on the Eastgate floor

SHOPPERS narrowly avoided serious injury after a glass pane smashed onto the ground floor of Basildon’s Eastgate Centre.

The pane, which was part of a panel surrounding the escalator, shattered on to the lower level outside Supercuts hairdressers and sport nutrition store GNC.

Traders and shoppers said it was lucky no one was hurt in the incident.

One woman, who does not want to be named, was sitting on a bench on waiting for her daughter when the pane fell.

She said: “I was a couple of feet away when there was an almighty crash. There was glass everywhere. There could have been a very serious injury or worse.”

Two workers from GNC ran out to ensure shoppers had not been hurt.

Store assistant, Dean Storey, said: “A couple of people were sitting on the benches near where it happened.

“One young girl was sitting closer than the others. I rushed to see if she was OK. Luckily she was and no one got hurt.”

The area was closed off for an hour while the site was cleared, before re-opening at 12.40pm.

Ian Clark, manager of the Eastgate Centre, said: “The glass is toughened, which is designed to crumble into small granular pieces with no sharp edges, and no one was injured as a result of the glass breaking and subsequently falling to the floor.”

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7:10am Thu 3 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Should be covered with a laminate coating, as they are in most other EU countries, but then this is Basildon..
Should be covered with a laminate coating, as they are in most other EU countries, but then this is Basildon.. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -5

7:34am Thu 3 Apr 14

Barry Bas says...

That is right next to the building they are part demolishing, obviously the constant vibrations of the work have shaken it loose. Hopefully the management of Eastgate will check all the other glass panels in the vicinity to make sure they are secure.
That is right next to the building they are part demolishing, obviously the constant vibrations of the work have shaken it loose. Hopefully the management of Eastgate will check all the other glass panels in the vicinity to make sure they are secure. Barry Bas
  • Score: 25

8:45am Thu 3 Apr 14

InTheKnowOk says...

It nearly was 'supercuts' ... Lucky, this could have been very serious indeed ..
It nearly was 'supercuts' ... Lucky, this could have been very serious indeed .. InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 6

9:29am Thu 3 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

Tut tut... and with all the elfnsafety freaks there are, you'd think this sort of thing would never happen.

So much for people in non-jobs.
Tut tut... and with all the elfnsafety freaks there are, you'd think this sort of thing would never happen. So much for people in non-jobs. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

10:10am Thu 3 Apr 14

HarbourBoy says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
Should be covered with a laminate coating, as they are in most other EU countries, but then this is Basildon..
Why would you put a laminate covering onto it? This glass is designed to break up so it causes minimal damage to people in the event of an accident if you laminate it then it will stay in one big heavy lump!
From a glazier
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: Should be covered with a laminate coating, as they are in most other EU countries, but then this is Basildon..[/p][/quote]Why would you put a laminate covering onto it? This glass is designed to break up so it causes minimal damage to people in the event of an accident if you laminate it then it will stay in one big heavy lump! From a glazier HarbourBoy
  • Score: 30

3:24pm Thu 3 Apr 14

emcee says...

Quote, Ian Clark, manager of the Eastgate Centre: “The glass is toughened, which is designed to crumble into small granular pieces with no sharp edges, and no one was injured as a result of the glass breaking and subsequently falling to the floor.”
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That's alright then.
Quote, Ian Clark, manager of the Eastgate Centre: “The glass is toughened, which is designed to crumble into small granular pieces with no sharp edges, and no one was injured as a result of the glass breaking and subsequently falling to the floor.” - That's alright then. emcee
  • Score: 8

8:48pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

They we're put in around 1982
They we're put in around 1982 Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -2

10:01am Fri 4 Apr 14

I love Your Mum says...

It was me who smashed it.
It was me who smashed it. I love Your Mum
  • Score: -2

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