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Are Mall SunRoofs Safe?; The SM North EDSA Accident

January 8, 2010

How safe are sun roofs in the country’s various commercial shopping malls?
ABS-CBN NEWS ON LINE is reporting that at least two persons were hurt injured after a portion of the sunroof of  the SM City The Block mall at North Avenue along Edsa in Quezon City.

The details so far:

“Bumagsak ang sunroof located sa main lobby ng SM The Block. Kasalukuyang inaayos ng mga taga maintenance staff ng SM City Block, (The sunroof over the main lobby of SM City Block. Maintenance workers are now clearing the area)” DZMM radio reporter Ricky Velasco reported.

According to DZMM, the activity center had been cleared of debris as of 4 P.M.

The report goes on to say:

Witnesses who attended a concert at the activity area said they heard a loud sound around 2 p.m.

They then noticed a portion of the sunroof already on the ground. They also saw two persons who seemed hurt from the incident.

Without speculating on what triggered the incident, the Quezon City engineer’s office is certain to be tasked to look into the safety aspect of the sunroof’s collapse.

(SM North Area floor plan)

Given the growing popularity of sun roofs in modern building in malls such as SM, the accident is surely a red flag for building authorities to look closely at such aspects as certification on the stress capacity of such structures owing to their glass design.

It would also be timely, perhaps, for the National Building Code to undergo review.

Better safe than sorry, as the proverb wisely admonishes.

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