Shoppers at Wrocław's glittering new Wroclavia centre escaped harm yesterday when wooden panels mysteriously fell from underneath one of the escalators.
According to Gazeta Wrocławska, the accident happened at around 4pm on the 1st floor, nearby the Nike and Cropp stores. Luckily nobody was walking under the escalator at the time.
It is reported that the area around the escalator was quickly fenced off for safety reasons, while security guards were deployed in an attempt to prevent passers-by from taking good snaps of the damage.
Anna Kula, a spokeswoman for Wroclavia, stressed yesterday that nobody was injured in the accident. She also confirmed that an investigation into what caused the accident is already underway.
In the last couple of days before the Wroclavia centre's official opening at the end of October, workers were frantically applying the finishing touches so as to avoid an embarrassing delay. Employees of stores even had to wear hard hats in some parts of the centre as it was still considered a construction site. It was also suggested that the new shopping mall only managed to get its safety certificate rubber-stamped hours before the doors officially opened.
Given the amount of shoppers primed for the new mall's promotion filled opening day, as well as the media spotlight on the new shopping venue, the pressure for Wroclavia to open on time was understandably enormous. Therefore after yesterday's accident, it would not be unreasonable to presume that some potentially dangerous shortcuts could have been taken in order to achieve that aim.
That said, hopefully this is not the case and yesterday's accident was just a one-off.