Boy escapes with minor injuries following multi-storey car park accident

Hereford Times: Alex Gardiner fell through the ledge at the top of this picture through the gap at the bottom to the floor below. Alex Gardiner fell through the ledge at the top of this picture through the gap at the bottom to the floor below.

A FOUR-year-old boy miraculously escaped serious injury after falling down two levels of a Hereford multi-storey car park.

Alex Gardiner was on level five of the Garrick House car park when he fell through a gap in the barriers and down two floors.

His fall was partially cushioned as he bounced off a car bonnet on the fourth floor before miraculously passing through another gap on his way down.

The St Thomas Cantilupe School pupil was found by two strangers before being taken by ambulance to Hereford County Hospital.

But Alex, from Newton Farm, amazingly only sustained a bump to the head and was back at school the following day.

His mother Nicky was with him and his brother Jake when the accident happened.

"I heard a thud and I saw him lying on the floor," said Nicky, who was taking bags out of her car when the accident happened.

"Two men were shouting to keep him still in case he had a bad injury - it was horrifying."

She thanked the two men who were on the first on the scene while Alex's grandmother Ricky Griffiths said the accident should be a warning sign to other parents.

"I think that the council should put something in place to stop people falling down, because it's easily done," she said.

"Parents should be warned about it."

The multi-storey car park was closed for five months last year so that major refurbishment could take place.

But, Shane Hancock, parking manager at Herefordshire Council, said that the gaps were unaffected by it.

"A full health and safety check was completed after the refurbishment and I would reassure users of the car park that the circumstances of this incident were very unusual," said Mr Hancock.

"I am unaware of anything similar in the 25 plus years that the car park has been open.

"It must have been quite frightening for both the child and his family, but we are pleased to hear that he was back at school."

Mr Hancock added that an independent health and safety review will now take place for the part of the structure that Alex fell down.

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2:17pm Sat 18 Jan 14

William Rudd says...

Love this quote from the mother..."I think that the council should put something in place to stop people falling down, because it's easily done,

Easily done!!!.A case of parent not watching their child mucking around.
Love this quote from the mother..."I think that the council should put something in place to stop people falling down, because it's easily done, Easily done!!!.A case of parent not watching their child mucking around. William Rudd
  • Score: 16

9:03am Sun 19 Jan 14

drjazz says...

William Rudd wrote:
Love this quote from the mother..."I think that the council should put something in place to stop people falling down, because it's easily done,

Easily done!!!.A case of parent not watching their child mucking around.
What an unkind and unnecessary comment. Were you there? A child of 4 yrs can easily stumble even if they're not "mucking around".

This gap is clearly dangerous and there is no reason for it to be open as it is.

Thank God he's alright.
[quote][p][bold]William Rudd[/bold] wrote: Love this quote from the mother..."I think that the council should put something in place to stop people falling down, because it's easily done, Easily done!!!.A case of parent not watching their child mucking around.[/p][/quote]What an unkind and unnecessary comment. Were you there? A child of 4 yrs can easily stumble even if they're not "mucking around". This gap is clearly dangerous and there is no reason for it to be open as it is. Thank God he's alright. drjazz
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11:56am Sun 19 Jan 14

silentbull2 says...

Went up to the top of the multi-story to look at the new shopping centre with my two boys, we've done it a number of times even when the cattle market was in full swing
I mentioned to the boys the last time we were up there (which is only a month ago) to be careful of the 'hole' /caps!!
I've never noticed them up until now? Why?? I'm not saying that 'Shane hancock' is telling porkies but something must have been changed for the 'caps' to be noticeable by me!!!
If a child can fall down them then their is something seriously wrong with how it is 'so' what's wrong in putting grills across them to stop it happening again?
Or does money come before safety nowadays
Went up to the top of the multi-story to look at the new shopping centre with my two boys, we've done it a number of times even when the cattle market was in full swing I mentioned to the boys the last time we were up there (which is only a month ago) to be careful of the 'hole' /caps!! I've never noticed them up until now? Why?? I'm not saying that 'Shane hancock' is telling porkies but something must have been changed for the 'caps' to be noticeable by me!!! If a child can fall down them then their is something seriously wrong with how it is 'so' what's wrong in putting grills across them to stop it happening again? Or does money come before safety nowadays silentbull2
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11:49am Mon 20 Jan 14

mizza21 says...

Bit unthinking Mr Rudd.
My kids have accidents when I turn my head away sometimes too. Doesn't make me a bad parent.
The car park is rather badly designed, but then I don't want to live in a risk free world.

Am happy the little feller is OK. 'Had his fall broken by a car bonnet'. I'd have had kittens had it been one of mine.
Bit unthinking Mr Rudd. My kids have accidents when I turn my head away sometimes too. Doesn't make me a bad parent. The car park is rather badly designed, but then I don't want to live in a risk free world. Am happy the little feller is OK. 'Had his fall broken by a car bonnet'. I'd have had kittens had it been one of mine. mizza21
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10:09pm Mon 20 Jan 14

William Rudd says...

The last time health and safety came to the multi story it cost £36,000 to put a fence around the top to stop people jumping off.
The last time health and safety came to the multi story it cost £36,000 to put a fence around the top to stop people jumping off. William Rudd
  • Score: 4

11:22pm Mon 20 Jan 14

billyb83 says...

What the mother didnt say is she put the child on the bonnet so she could do something in the car and the child slipped off the bonnet onto level 4 then ended up on level 3, So its a case of poor parenting and poor structure work by herefordshire council. As long as the child has made a quick recovery thats main thing, Its a learning curve for both parties.
What the mother didnt say is she put the child on the bonnet so she could do something in the car and the child slipped off the bonnet onto level 4 then ended up on level 3, So its a case of poor parenting and poor structure work by herefordshire council. As long as the child has made a quick recovery thats main thing, Its a learning curve for both parties. billyb83
  • Score: 1

5:26pm Thu 23 Jan 14

jarvis 2 says...

its CDM construction design managment where are the risk assesments
its CDM construction design managment where are the risk assesments jarvis 2
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