A SCHOOLGIRL was dropped by a display fence at a Topshop just days before a 10-year-old boy was killed by a similar fence.
Kaden Reddick was crushed by the falling screen in Reading, Berkshire, six days after another crashed in Glasgow.
The young man, described as “the sweetest boy”, died of a severe head injury caused by the 17 stone mark, and the jury heard that the previous incident left a schoolgirl broken skull.
Topshop has since recalled all display booths on site “as a safety precaution” with “immediate effect”.
Sir Philip Green’s former Arcadia conglomerate, which owned the Topshop stores when Kaden was killed, has been brought to trial on allegations of health and safety errors.
The supplier of the controversial fence and shopper, Stoneforece, is also accused of similar errors.
Prosecutor James Ageros QC told the jury that no urgency was in place for the investigation until Kaden Reddick was killed in February 2017.
The young man’s grieving family paid tribute to him, saying: “Kaden was a lovely, bold, energetic boy and death will leave a huge hole in his life. of everyone who knew him.
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“Our house feels empty without him. He is also adventurous; enjoys playing outside on his bike, or with his friends in the woods.
“For us, the saddest thing about Kaden’s death is that he will never be able to reach his full potential.
“He was greatly loved by all his family and friends, and will miss his brothers and sisters, and all others, who were touched by the warmth and love. his.”
Kaden had just finished watching a movie in a nearby movie theater during a family outing at the time of the tragedy.
Arcadia and Topshop, which took over in November 2020, could face huge fines if found guilty after employees failed to check barriers despite a previous incident.
Mr Ageros said: “Kaden Reddick was killed when a line fence toppled over and hit his forehead while he was balancing on it.
“At the top of the barrier are baskets that encourage shoppers to buy on impulse.
“These are items that appeal to children. Kaden and his sister went close to the railings and were interested in what was in the basket.
“You can see the bracket where the outside rail is fixed with just two screws – better suited for hanging photos on the wall, without having to pick up heavy objects. Only these two screws held the barrier to the floor.
“At the time, no one calculated what load it needed to take in a busy shopping environment and to keep it securely on the floor.
‘NO CONCENTRATION OR CURRENCY’
“It’s not just limited to the Reading store – the crash barrier is not a one-time occurrence.
“Another barrier in the same store is completely unstable and could flip in the same way at any time.
“Other barriers in other Topman and Topshop stores are unstable and also in danger of collapse.
“Six days before Kaden’s death, a similar barrier, this time completely immobilized, toppled in a shop in Glasgow and a child suffered serious injuries including a fractured skull.
“The prosecution said that the investigation into that incident did not have the focus or urgency required, especially when the problem was not only with unsafe barriers but also other barriers, as in Reading. .”
The court heard that the assemblers failed to repair the barriers, but Mr. Ageros claimed that three other companies were also responsible for his death.
Topshop, Arcadia and Realm Projects Ltd have all been accused of failing to perform their health and safety obligations and to ensure that the design, manufacture and maintenance of the barrier did not pose a risk to the health and safety of those persons not employed by them under the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1974.
Stoneforce Ltd, which installed the barriers in the store, previously admitted health and safety allegations against them. The three companies all deny other charges against them. The trial continued.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8206293/boy-killed-falling-topshop-barrier-days-girls-skull-fractured/ Boy, 10, was killed by falling from a TopShop barrier just 6 days after a girl’s skull was broken by a barrier in another store