Guests attending a fashion show during London Fashion Week recently were shocked and horrified when a construction worker came crashing through a glass roof mid-way through the event. Luckily there were no people in the space where the worker fell, so none of the attendees or people working on the event were injured.
The man was working on the roof of another building at the time and somehow plunged through the glass roof and into the Topshop show space.
The accident took place during a Fashion East event at a Topshop Show Space in the city on the Tuesday of London Fashion Week. In attendance were celebrities like former MTV presenter Alexa Chung and pop singer Pixie Lott who were also left in shock at the occurrence.
According to witnesses, the worker fell through a corrugated plastic roof panel and bounced off a large metal pipe before he crashed 15.3meters down and landed on his back.
An article on Independent.co.uk explains what happened:
It has been reported that the man fell through the roof during the fashion show which took place this afternoon at the Topshop Show Venue on Gray’s Inn Road near King’s Cross.
The Fashion East show was underway when a section of the ceiling reportedly fell in with some show attendees reporting they saw a man fall through and hit his head on scaffolding.
The accident occurred part-way through the show and carried on despite the serious incident.
The man was apparently working on an adjacent building at the time.
An article on News.com.au carried the following statement which was tweeted by one of the attendees, Zoe London:
“A man just fell through the roof of the Topshop show space in front of me and I’m shaking. I saw his head hit the scaffolding.”
After the fall the man in his thirties was attended to by paramedics and was treated at the scene. He was then taken to the hospital with back injuries. The man was lucky to survive because falls from lower heights have been known to be serious, even life threatening – the man fell at least 30 feet to the ground.
Another witness was quoted as saying:
“At first there was confusion, we thought it was a light falling over. Then security men started running backstage and there was loud shouting. The weird thing was that the show just carried on. The whole audience was totally bewildered.”
A Topshop spokesman also issued the following statement:
“The way that the Topshop space is built, the walls that separate the catwalk and audience space from backstage don’t go all the way to the ceiling, so people could see that something had happened, but it did not in any way endanger the audience. It didn’t happen above people’s heads and there was no one in the space where he fell.”
Despite all the disruption, the show did continue after the injured worker was treated and rushed to hospital. Not all the guests were pleased with organisers decision to continue with the show.
The actual cause of the fall has not been revealed but the UK health and safety authorities are expected to investigate.