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Shelving collapse in retail store causes injuries

When West Virginia residents go into a retail store to shop, they probably do not expect to encounter any personal safety issues. But, hazardous conditions in the building can lead to an accident, which could then result in serious injury to anyone in the store. A recent incident at a discount store in New York shows just how something like this can occur.

Customers in the store were going about their normal shopping routine when shelves full of merchandise began tumbling. So much of the discount store's shelving fell over that goods were spilling out of the store and into the street. Some shoppers were buried under the pile of merchandise and shelving. As a result of the accident, eight people suffered injuries and first responders transported them to a hospital.

Both police and fire crews rushed to the scene and one fire chief said that more than 100 firefighters helped to clear the mess. Customers who were in the store during the incident described the chaos that ensued when the shelves began falling. One person explained that the chain of events happened quickly and people were screaming for help.

One man who lives in the area explained that people had warned the store employees that the aisles were too narrow and the shelves overstocked. The Department of Buildings apparently agreed with that assessment because it issued a violation relating to the store's condition.

When property owners or lessees are not vigilant about checking for and fixing dangerous conditions in and around a building, these kinds of accidents can happen. Nobody should have to worry about their safety while they are shopping at a retail store.

Source: CBS New York, "8 Injured When Shelves Collapse At Bronx Discount Store," April 7, 2014

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