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Wetherspoon pub boss injured after being hit by falling concrete slab while she checked punters were social distancing

A WETHERSPOON pub boss was injured after being hit by a falling concrete slab while she was checking drinkers were social distancing outside.

The boozer was forced to shut as the manager - who suffered arm and hand injuries - was taken to hospital in West Sussex.

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The The Three Fishes pub in Worthing, West Sussex, had to be shut
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The The Three Fishes pub in Worthing, West Sussex, had to be shutCredit: eddie mitchell
Chunks of concrete littered the pavement
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Chunks of concrete littered the pavementCredit: eddie mitchell

A spokesman for Wetherspoons said firefighters and paramedics were called to The Three Fishes pub in the seaside town of Worthing on Saturday night.

Eddie Gershon told the Worthing Herald the concrete slabs “hit her arm between the shoulder and elbow and she also hurt her thumb".

He said the manager was on the door "monitoring for social distancing" when a "non-supporting concrete lintel fell from above the doorway" of the pub.

Gershon added: “The surveyor has attended site this morning and said the pub is safe to reopen and that has happened.

“We wish our manager a speedy recovery.”

The paper says the pub boss appeared to have mainly suffered cuts to her arm and hand.

The Worthing Herald had punters concerned that a customer - or a passing child - could have been struck by the concrete
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The Worthing Herald had punters concerned that a customer - or a passing child - could have been struck by the concrete

But the accident has some worried about the building's safety.

When the Worthing Herald posted about the accident on Facebook, Damion Royce replied: "I hope she is OK, The staff there already have to put up with a lot, they don't need bits of the building falling on them as well!"

He also warned: "That could have been on customers too, imagine on a child - not good for business.

"Time for an intensive survey perhaps? Maybe other such premises along that stretch should initiate structural investigations?"

Nicky Godfrey agreed, pointing out that "nobody ever looks up. So many buildings have blocked guttering and huge plants growing. Same here in Lancing".

Mark Lovell urged that "someone should check all the roof tops and parapets, particularly on older buildings.

"Many are in a bad way - you can see the cracks in the masonry from the ground."

The pub was temporarily closed as a result of the falling concrete, but has now reopened says the pub chain
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The pub was temporarily closed as a result of the falling concrete, but has now reopened says the pub chainCredit: eddie mitchell
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