Brick fall accident

Janet Andrews of Lentworth Ave, Bispham who has been left with a hole in her bedroom ceiling by builders working on her house.

Janet Andrews of Lentworth Ave, Bispham who has been left with a hole in her bedroom ceiling by builders working on her house.

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A GRANDMOTHER’S home was left in a real mess when bricks came crashing through the ceiling.

Janet Andrews had taken her one-year-old granddaughter for a walk on Friday afternoon to avoid the noise of council workmen replacing the tiles on her roof.

Janet Andrews of Lentworth Ave, Bispham who has been left with a hole in her bedroom ceiling by builders working on her house.

Janet Andrews of Lentworth Ave, Bispham who has been left with a hole in her bedroom ceiling by builders working on her house.

When she returned home to Lentworth Avenue, Bispham, she found around 4m by 2m of her bedroom ceiling had collapsed, with workmen telling her some displaced bricks had caused the damage.

The 51-year-old said: “I was going to put my granddaughter to bed in the bedroom but it was so noisy I took her out.

“When I came back they said ‘don’t go in your bedroom, there’s been an accident’. Of course I had to have a look, but I couldn’t open the door for all the rubble. I could just see straight out of the house, it was like a bomb had gone off. I’m glad the baby wasn’t in there.”

Workmen told Mrs Andrews, who lives with her three daughters, aged 18, 16 and nine, some bricks had fallen from the roof.

Insult was added to injury when the workmen, who used pieces of wood to put the remainder of the ceiling back in place, left for the evening and failed to contact Mrs Andrews about when the damage would be fixed.

The grandmother added: “I rang all the emergency numbers but they just went to answer machines.”

Eventually a man arrived from Burnley with an airbed and bedding for Mrs Andrews to sleep in the lounge. Workmen then returned to the house on Monday to complete the repair work in the bedroom.

Peter Jefferson, chief executive at Blackpool Coastal Housing, said: “One or two bricks came loose from a chimney stack, tumbling and hitting the weakest part of the plasterboard which brought it down.

“Obviously this is an upsetting situation for the family. We have spoken to the contractors and been assured they are now doing everything possible to fix the property and have offered to compensate Mrs Andrews. We have not met our normal high standards on this occasion and there are some lessons to be learnt. Mrs Andrews’ experience will be taken on board as we ensure this does not happen again.”

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