Issues regarding safety in car parks


A
car with its driver fell six stories in Melbourne CBD on Monday, after it drove
through the safety rail at a car park off Anthony Street, between Elizabeth and
Queen Streets.

Despite
the huge fall, the driver, a 41-year-old woman, was found alive, hanging sideways
from her seatbelt. The car fell into the side of the building opposite before
falling to the ground at the bottom of the small laneway, with only 30
centimeters to spare on either side in the narrow alley.

According
to the police, the car crashed through the steel beam and cyclone wire barrier.
An investigation would consider whether the railings on the upper storeys of
the car park were adequate for their job.

This
is not the first time that such an accident has taken place. It is very concerning
that Australian Standards for the Design of Off-Street Car Parks do not address
these issues and whatever civil or construction engineering principles do exist
are obviously not working.


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