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Spoons Drinker 'Could Have Died' After Ceiling Crashes Down On Table

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Spoons Drinker 'Could Have Died' After Ceiling Crashes Down On Table

A man had a narrow escape at his local Wetherspoons recently when the ceiling quite literally collapsed on his table.

As luck would have it, he had just gone to the bar to get a round in and was returning with the goods as the roof caved in.

The incident unfolded last week on 17 June at the Commercial Rooms in Bristol, where 31-year-old Sam Ireton had been for a lunchtime bevvie.

Sam Ireton said he 'could have died' had he not been at the bar. Credit: SWNS
Sam Ireton said he 'could have died' had he not been at the bar. Credit: SWNS
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The mental health support employee and part-time Deliveroo driver said he 'could have died' had he not been at the bar when it happened.

"I was doing a delivery job, so popped into the pub, put my bag down at a table a few metres away from the bar and went over to order a drink," he said.

"As I was about to walk back to the table, a big bit of masonry fell from the ceiling onto the table and fully smashed it in two."

Sam claimed it 'would have easily killed me if I had just been half a minute sooner', adding that 'it was completely traumatic'.

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He said the staff were 'really good' at dealing with the situation, having immediately cleared and closed the pub to conduct an incident report.

Part of the ceiling collapsed at the Commercial Rooms in Bristol. Credit: SWNS
Part of the ceiling collapsed at the Commercial Rooms in Bristol. Credit: SWNS

Sam continued: "I was totally in shock and I sat there whilst they took my details."

Despite being rattled by the incident, the worker had to go back to carrying out jobs for Deliveroo straight after.

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He's now seeing if he's entitled to any settlement claims from Spoons.

A spokesperson for Wetherspoons said: "On behalf of J D Wetherspoon plc, we sincerely apologise to Mr Ireton and the other customers who were visiting the pub on the 17 June, when this incident took place.

"We were pleased that fortunately no one was hurt.

Thankfully no one was hurt. Credit: SWNS
Thankfully no one was hurt. Credit: SWNS
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"Experts conduct regular inspections of all fibrous plaster ceilings which are located in some Wetherspoon pubs.

"The last ceiling inspection at the Commercial Rooms took place in February this year, when the experts found no cause for concern.

"Immediately following the incident, the pub was evacuated and the area was cordoned off pending a further full inspection by experts, which took place this week.

The area where the incident occurred has since reopened following an investigation. Credit: SWNS
The area where the incident occurred has since reopened following an investigation. Credit: SWNS
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"The experts conducted some minor repairs but found that the ceiling was otherwise structurally sound so the area has been reopened.

"Wetherspoon treats the health and safety of its staff and customers with the utmost importance and every effort is made to ensure that our pubs are safe places."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Food And Drink, UK News

Daisy Phillipson
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