Wetherspoons drinker ‘could have died’ after chunk of ceiling crashed down on his table


Sam Ireton and the piece of ceiling which fell while he was at the pub (Picture: SWNS)

A man has revealed how a heavy piece of ceiling fell down on his table while he was at Wetherspoons and ‘fully smashed it in two’.

Sam Ireton, 31, had got up to order a drink at the Commercial Rooms in Bristol and was returning from the bar when it collapsed.

‘It would have easily killed me if I had just been half a minute sooner – it was completely traumatic,’ he said.

The mental health support worker had popped into the boozer for a lunchtime drink on June 17.

Sam, who also works part-time for Deliveroo, said: ‘I was doing a delivery job, so popped into the pub, put my bag down at a table a few metres away from the bar and went over to order a drink.

‘As I was about to walk back to the table, a big bit of masonry fell from the ceiling onto the table and fully smashed it in two.’

Sam said staff were ‘really good’, and they immediately cleared and shut the pub to conduct an instant report.

Debris on floor of the pub after part of the ceiling fell down
Debris on the floor of the pub after part of the ceiling fell down (Picture: Sam Ireton/SWNS)
It happened at the Commercial Rooms in Bristol
It happened at the Commercial Rooms in Bristol (Picture: SWNS)

He added: ‘I was totally in shock and I sat there whilst they took my details.’

Sam, who had to go back to work after the disturbing incident, said he is pursuing routes to see whether he is entitled to any settlement claims.

Wetherspoons said: ‘On behalf of J D Wetherspoon plc, we sincerely apologise to Mr Ireton and the other customers who were visiting the pub on June 17, when this incident took place.

‘We were pleased that fortunately no one was hurt.

‘Experts conduct regular inspections of all fibrous plaster ceilings which are located in some Wetherspoon pubs.

‘The last ceiling inspection at the Commercial Rooms took place in February this year, when the experts found no cause for concern.

‘Immediately following the incident, the pub was evacuated and the area was cordoned off pending a further full inspection by experts, which took place this week.

‘The experts conducted some minor repairs but found that the ceiling was otherwise structurally sound so the area has been reopened.

‘Wetherspoon treats the health and safety of its staff and customers with the utmost importance and every effort is made to ensure that our pubs are safe places’.

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