A structural defect on the Life Centre building in Wigan was close to causing a serious injury to the public.
An eyewitness confirmed that only the actions of quick and perceptive staff averted a tragedy when when a structural defect caused a glass panel fell from the top of the landmark Life Centre building and shatter 20 feet below.
It landed near a seating area where people had been standing around only minutes earlier.
It is now being debated whether or not the Believe Square services hub should remain open while safety checks are going on. Michael Winstanley, council opposition leader and former mayor of Wigan, said that he would contact Donna Hall, chief executive at town hall, to express concerns about the potential danger to the public.
Council heads have cordoned off the entrance and requested that visitors use an alternate entry into the building. The council is also being urged to act, as this is the second time since 2014 that this type of structural incident has occurred.
The Health and Safety Executive confirmed recently that Wigan Council had not sent any reports and no investigation was in progress.
The visitor who witnessed the Life Centre incident said that only the quick-thinking staff prevented the falling glass from killing someone. He said that the panel cracked just before falling, giving employees the opportunity to clear the drop zone of people.