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Councillor Calls On Temporary Closure Of Visitors Centre To Faciliate Health And Safety Audit

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Pádraig McShane, an Independent Councillor in Causeway Coast and Glens, has expressed his sincere sympathies to the family of a gentleman from the USA who died after he fell inside the Giants Causeway visitors centre.

Councillor McShane told Causeway Coast Community this evening that ‘the man tripped and fell while visiting the UNESCO world Heritage Site’s visitors centre two days ago’.  The centre is controlled and operated by the National Trust.

The Councillor stated,

“The Visitors Centre and in particular the steps to the interior have been an ‘identified risk’ prior to its opening. Numerous falls due to the internal steps have been reported and logged by the National Trust.  That organisation has systematically and comprehensively failed to address the issue. High visibility paint was added to the steps after frequent reports of falls due to the design of the interior. The building, launched to much fanfare, is simply not fit for purpose.

Councillor McShane who is now Chairman of the Audit Committee in the Council continued,

“I have alerted the council who will inform the Health and Safety Executive N.I. In addition I will require them to hold their own investigation with Environmental Health and Building Control departments to the fore.

“I can confirm that the family are currently receiving support from the American Consulate in Belfast.

In addition the hospitality sector is is providing considered and thoughtful support at a local level”.

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