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Glass ceiling panel falls and smashes near Boris Johnson at Westfield opening

Construction Safety Campaign brands shopping centre “unacceptable”

A glass ceiling panel which smashed in front of London mayor Boris Johnson as he opened the £1.4 billion Westfield Stratford City shopping centre is just the latest in a string of safety failures, according to the Construction Safety Campaign.

Mr Johnson watched as the tile dropped 30ft near a stage where pop star Nicole Scherzinger had just given a performance to mark the development’s opening.

The mayor played down concerns after the incident but CSC national secretary Tony O’Brien said it was just the latest in a string of safety failings.

Two workers have sustained injuries while working on the site in recent weeks.

These incidents followed the death of Shaun Scurry on 9 December 2009 while working for Firesafe Installations on the Westfield site.

Mr O’Brien said:  “We see little to celebrate with the opening of Westfield today. The price workers pay in building these projects is often their health, disability or even death. We have always said this is unacceptable and it is shameful these people are not being remembered today.”

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