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Entrance closed due to fears of repeat of door accident

By Andrew Dixon

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All of the entrance doors are now closed to the public.
All of the entrance doors are now closed to the public.

THE main entrance to a leisure centre has been fully closed after a door crashed onto an eight-year-old girl, forcing her to be taken to hospital.

Inverness Leisure has decided this afternoon to completely shut off the set of four heavy glass and metal doors after one fell onto schoolgirl Rachel Tynan and her nine-year-old friend.

Managers at the centre have made the decision because they cannot guarantee any of the other three doors will not also fall off.

Wooden boards have covered the doorway since the incident six days ago and customers were advised not to use the adjacent central door as a precautionary measure.

Staff at Inverness Leisure admit they do not know why the door apparently fell from its hinges and held an emergency meeting with representatives of Kawneer, the manufacturers of the door this afternoon.

"A decision has been taken to revert to entry and exit to Inverness Leisure through the old sports centre entrance pending a full written report from the manufacturer," said an Inverness Leisure spokesman.

"The doors are now around 15 years old and experiencing a substantially increased customer usage than when the centre was first opened.

"No one can say whether a similar incident is likely to occur with the remaining three doors, therefore in order to remove any potential concerns by the users of the facility, as a precaution management feel that closing this area off to public is the correct course of action until repairs or replacements can be put in place."

All activities and classes are operating as usual.

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