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Building owners and managers warned over glass canopies

07 March 2018

Managers and owners of building have been advised to check glass canopies and frontages by Highland Council following a number of incidents in its area.

Although the incidents mainly concern retail establishments, the local authority has extended its call to include all buildings and structures with glass canopies.

Those responsible are being asked to check that they have the necessary inspection and maintenance procedures and processes in place, according to SHP magazine.

This includes the need to check all fixing and support methods and mechanisms to ensure that all procedures comply with the appropriate recommendations from manufacturers.

The council stated that it was not aware that glass canopy safety had become a national issue, but had contacted all Scottish councils to ask if they had seen similar incidents.

Its call to action comes after a glass panels fell from shop frontages in the Inshes Retail Park and the Inverness Centre.

A member of the public was injured in the Inverness Centre incident and a dangerous building notice for the Inverness Retail Park was issued by the Building Standards department within the council.

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