I was horrified to read recently of a woman in Bristol who was knocked unconscious and suffered severe head injuries after a six foot shop sign fell on her.
The woman was walking along Whiteladies Road when the sign above furniture store Infiniti2 fell on her. The sign split in two.
The woman was rushed to Southmead Hospital with serious head injuries.
The owners of the store said they were shocked but had only taken over the store five months previously and did not know the sign was in such poor condition.
In all honesty, I think perhaps they should have known. This is a wake-up call for everyone with commercial premises to check their signage is in a safe condition and to do so regularly.
In fact, it is a legal requirement for a company owning a sign to safely maintain it. Regarding any sign, the Health and Safety at Work Act states that there should be “maintenance of it in a condition that is safe and without risk to health.”
In addition, the Town and Country Planning Regulations require that “the advertisement (sign) must not endanger any person” and “any structure or hoarding used must be maintained in a safe condition.”
If you think your signs need repair or maintenance or would like them inspected, do give me a call on 01452 739156. Remember it is better to be safe than sorry!