Part of pier gives way as visitor walks along

Part of pier gives way as visitor walks along

Fakhouri Sami Yassan, 29, of Fitch Drive in Brighton, was walking along the pier at around 6pm on Sunday night

First published in News

Part of Brighton’s Palace Pier collapsed beneath the feet of a visitor.

Fakhouri Sami Yassan, 29, of Fitch Drive in Brighton, was walking along the pier at around 6pm on Sunday night when a piece of the wooden decking gave way.

Mr Yassan said his leg dangled precariously underneath the pier as he fell down and he was taken to hospital, where he was treated for cuts and bruises to his arms and legs.

Mr Yassan said: “Some of the old wood just gave way. I put my hand out to break my fall and now I can’t move my thumb. The hospital think that it might be fractured.

“I was lucky that another piece of decking didn’t give way or I’d have fallen straight through.”

Mr Yassan said he managed to pull himself out of the hole before anyone from the pier came out to check on him.

He said: “I called the pier the day after to tell them what had happened.”

He added: “Considering what happened I don’t feel that this has been satisfactorily dealt with. This incident could have been so much worse if it had been a small child.”

Being a commuter Mr Yassan has had to take time off work because he is unable to drive to the office he works at in Crawley.

Mark Eteen, duty manager for Brighton Pier, said: “I am aware that a gentleman got injured out on the decking and hurt his wrist.

“According to our report the incident occurred with just one piece of decking that a gentleman fell on so he couldn’t have been close to falling through.

“We have the wood for the decking imported from overseas because of its durability.”

“We have an in-house mainte- nance team that deals with all repairs on the pier and they check the decking there on a daily basis.”

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8:14am Fri 23 May 14

Nosfaratu says...

Take them to court for endangering life and limb and scaring the **** out of you. Wont be visiting the pier until the H&S Executive have fully inspected the pier and it should be closed until further notice.

Council take notice, if you have time to look after the public and evict Travellers at the same time.
Take them to court for endangering life and limb and scaring the **** out of you. Wont be visiting the pier until the H&S Executive have fully inspected the pier and it should be closed until further notice. Council take notice, if you have time to look after the public and evict Travellers at the same time. Nosfaratu
  • Score: -45

8:28am Fri 23 May 14

IratusFurcifer says...

He didn't even tell the pier until the day after. Someone else could have had an accident! Any sensible and truly bothered person would have reported that straight away.
He didn't even tell the pier until the day after. Someone else could have had an accident! Any sensible and truly bothered person would have reported that straight away. IratusFurcifer
  • Score: 174

8:34am Fri 23 May 14

DC78 says...

The hospital "think" his thumb might be fractured? What an incompetent hospital not to consider an amazing thing called X-ray. He only reported it to the pier the "next day"?

I'm calling BS on this. I think he can see £ signs in his eyes and he's what we call in my native Glasgow a "pure chancer".
The hospital "think" his thumb might be fractured? What an incompetent hospital not to consider an amazing thing called X-ray. He only reported it to the pier the "next day"? I'm calling BS on this. I think he can see £ signs in his eyes and he's what we call in my native Glasgow a "pure chancer". DC78
  • Score: 167

8:50am Fri 23 May 14

DCCCCCC says...

DC78 wrote:
The hospital "think" his thumb might be fractured? What an incompetent hospital not to consider an amazing thing called X-ray. He only reported it to the pier the "next day"? I'm calling BS on this. I think he can see £ signs in his eyes and he's what we call in my native Glasgow a "pure chancer".
The hospital probably wouldn't do anything with a fractured thumb anyway so prob x ray would be immaterial. I do agree with your final paragraph.
[quote][p][bold]DC78[/bold] wrote: The hospital "think" his thumb might be fractured? What an incompetent hospital not to consider an amazing thing called X-ray. He only reported it to the pier the "next day"? I'm calling BS on this. I think he can see £ signs in his eyes and he's what we call in my native Glasgow a "pure chancer".[/p][/quote]The hospital probably wouldn't do anything with a fractured thumb anyway so prob x ray would be immaterial. I do agree with your final paragraph. DCCCCCC
  • Score: 45

9:06am Fri 23 May 14

clubrob6 says...

Firstly no way could his leg fit through there to dangle,secondly why did he leave it to the next day to tell the pier surely if it was so dangerous and was injured they should have been told right away,thirdly i'm sure the hospital would have x-rayed him if they thought he had broken anything.Basically a after thought he thought I might be able to get compensation out of this.Suely the argus can see his leg wont fit through this.
Firstly no way could his leg fit through there to dangle,secondly why did he leave it to the next day to tell the pier surely if it was so dangerous and was injured they should have been told right away,thirdly i'm sure the hospital would have x-rayed him if they thought he had broken anything.Basically a after thought he thought I might be able to get compensation out of this.Suely the argus can see his leg wont fit through this. clubrob6
  • Score: 82

9:07am Fri 23 May 14

TRParker says...

I think the editing standards of the Argus also need some 'mainte- nance' work after reading this one...
I think the editing standards of the Argus also need some 'mainte- nance' work after reading this one... TRParker
  • Score: 46

9:11am Fri 23 May 14

clubrob6 says...

IratusFurcifer wrote:
He didn't even tell the pier until the day after. Someone else could have had an accident! Any sensible and truly bothered person would have reported that straight away.
It was an after thought that he might be able to get compensation,if it happened to me and I injured myself I would have told the pier right away especially so they could barrier the area off.Its obvious at the time he thought it was a minor thing or else he would have got help.He has set the agenda for a claim even saying he has lost work.
[quote][p][bold]IratusFurcifer[/bold] wrote: He didn't even tell the pier until the day after. Someone else could have had an accident! Any sensible and truly bothered person would have reported that straight away.[/p][/quote]It was an after thought that he might be able to get compensation,if it happened to me and I injured myself I would have told the pier right away especially so they could barrier the area off.Its obvious at the time he thought it was a minor thing or else he would have got help.He has set the agenda for a claim even saying he has lost work. clubrob6
  • Score: 55

9:18am Fri 23 May 14

clubrob6 says...

DC78 wrote:
The hospital "think" his thumb might be fractured? What an incompetent hospital not to consider an amazing thing called X-ray. He only reported it to the pier the "next day"?

I'm calling BS on this. I think he can see £ signs in his eyes and he's what we call in my native Glasgow a "pure chancer".
Yes correct what he thought was a minor incident at the time that he did not even think of telling the well manned pier staff,i wonder when he went to the hospital probably also the day after,plus he says he missed work HE OBVIOUSLY THINKS HE HAS A PERFECT CLAIM.
[quote][p][bold]DC78[/bold] wrote: The hospital "think" his thumb might be fractured? What an incompetent hospital not to consider an amazing thing called X-ray. He only reported it to the pier the "next day"? I'm calling BS on this. I think he can see £ signs in his eyes and he's what we call in my native Glasgow a "pure chancer".[/p][/quote]Yes correct what he thought was a minor incident at the time that he did not even think of telling the well manned pier staff,i wonder when he went to the hospital probably also the day after,plus he says he missed work HE OBVIOUSLY THINKS HE HAS A PERFECT CLAIM. clubrob6
  • Score: 32

9:52am Fri 23 May 14

IratusFurcifer says...

clubrob6 wrote:
IratusFurcifer wrote:
He didn't even tell the pier until the day after. Someone else could have had an accident! Any sensible and truly bothered person would have reported that straight away.
It was an after thought that he might be able to get compensation,if it happened to me and I injured myself I would have told the pier right away especially so they could barrier the area off.Its obvious at the time he thought it was a minor thing or else he would have got help.He has set the agenda for a claim even saying he has lost work.
Thanks for clearing that up clubrob6 . I must say though that I didn't feel the need to mention compensation as it seemed glaringly obvious throughout the whole story.
[quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IratusFurcifer[/bold] wrote: He didn't even tell the pier until the day after. Someone else could have had an accident! Any sensible and truly bothered person would have reported that straight away.[/p][/quote]It was an after thought that he might be able to get compensation,if it happened to me and I injured myself I would have told the pier right away especially so they could barrier the area off.Its obvious at the time he thought it was a minor thing or else he would have got help.He has set the agenda for a claim even saying he has lost work.[/p][/quote]Thanks for clearing that up clubrob6 . I must say though that I didn't feel the need to mention compensation as it seemed glaringly obvious throughout the whole story. IratusFurcifer
  • Score: 12

10:04am Fri 23 May 14

IratusFurcifer says...

He's shown a picture of the pier so where are the pictures of his injuries........hmmm I thought not.
He's shown a picture of the pier so where are the pictures of his injuries........hmmm I thought not. IratusFurcifer
  • Score: 28

10:56am Fri 23 May 14

Mel Shock says...

ok despite what the injured guys and report tells us I find the spokesperson for the Pier to be quite dismissive of what happened!! They might have a maintenance team in place inspecting each day but they obviously missed a small piece of rotten or damaged wood........

And as for saying well staffed pier, I have never seen any staff on there except stall/shop staff
ok despite what the injured guys and report tells us I find the spokesperson for the Pier to be quite dismissive of what happened!! They might have a maintenance team in place inspecting each day but they obviously missed a small piece of rotten or damaged wood........ And as for saying well staffed pier, I have never seen any staff on there except stall/shop staff Mel Shock
  • Score: 9

10:59am Fri 23 May 14

Copticman says...

It is very clear from the report, that he went to the hospital immediately but he informed the pier next day about the result of the hospital.
The main topic is what happened and would happen if no more safety measurements have to be taken. As from the picture we can see the rotten woods and the pier manager said that they check them on daily basis!!!
It is very clear from the report, that he went to the hospital immediately but he informed the pier next day about the result of the hospital. The main topic is what happened and would happen if no more safety measurements have to be taken. As from the picture we can see the rotten woods and the pier manager said that they check them on daily basis!!! Copticman
  • Score: 6

11:42am Fri 23 May 14

Gribbet says...

I'm surprised everyone's attacking the poor guy and aren't commenting on the cold, robotic, blasé response from the pier manager instead. If that happened to me I reckon it would scare the carp out of me, and as the guy said, lucky it was just the one plank that gave way.
I'm surprised everyone's attacking the poor guy and aren't commenting on the cold, robotic, blasé response from the pier manager instead. If that happened to me I reckon it would scare the carp out of me, and as the guy said, lucky it was just the one plank that gave way. Gribbet
  • Score: 22

11:57am Fri 23 May 14

Baffled of Brighton says...

I doubt a child would have fallen through, unless they were a very fat one.
I doubt a child would have fallen through, unless they were a very fat one. Baffled of Brighton
  • Score: 2

11:57am Fri 23 May 14

bhafcforever says...

"This incident could have been so much worse if it had been a small child.”
How's that then? A small child wouldn't have been heavy enough to break through the decking!

This chap is hamming it up nicely, although I do hope that his sore thumb is better soon so that he can get back behind the wheel of his car and drive to work in Crawley.
"This incident could have been so much worse if it had been a small child.” How's that then? A small child wouldn't have been heavy enough to break through the decking! This chap is hamming it up nicely, although I do hope that his sore thumb is better soon so that he can get back behind the wheel of his car and drive to work in Crawley. bhafcforever
  • Score: 16

11:58am Fri 23 May 14

Mel Shock says...

Gribbet wrote:
I'm surprised everyone's attacking the poor guy and aren't commenting on the cold, robotic, blasé response from the pier manager instead. If that happened to me I reckon it would scare the carp out of me, and as the guy said, lucky it was just the one plank that gave way.
See my comment.....am in total agreement with you !!
[quote][p][bold]Gribbet[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised everyone's attacking the poor guy and aren't commenting on the cold, robotic, blasé response from the pier manager instead. If that happened to me I reckon it would scare the carp out of me, and as the guy said, lucky it was just the one plank that gave way.[/p][/quote]See my comment.....am in total agreement with you !! Mel Shock
  • Score: 6

12:04pm Fri 23 May 14

Mr chock says...

“We have an in-house maintenance team that deals with all repairs on the pier and they check the decking there on a daily basis.”

REALLY i noticed many bits of rot in brighton on a daily basis . the inhouse team who inspect the pier must be held to account this is a massive tourist attraction what would have happened if it was Caroline lucas that put her foot throu the pier
“We have an in-house maintenance team that deals with all repairs on the pier and they check the decking there on a daily basis.” REALLY i noticed many bits of rot in brighton on a daily basis . the inhouse team who inspect the pier must be held to account this is a massive tourist attraction what would have happened if it was Caroline lucas that put her foot throu the pier Mr chock
  • Score: 8

12:17pm Fri 23 May 14

maureen-williams says...

Rather worrying. Never thought the walkway on the pier was in any way dangerous. Closer inspection, please!
Rather worrying. Never thought the walkway on the pier was in any way dangerous. Closer inspection, please! maureen-williams
  • Score: 5

12:21pm Fri 23 May 14

beboo1 says...

This man is clearly after compensation and hopefully won t get it . Probably got a fracture probably not then !! Is normally a yes or no . God some people are chancers . Wonder how much he weighed !!
This man is clearly after compensation and hopefully won t get it . Probably got a fracture probably not then !! Is normally a yes or no . God some people are chancers . Wonder how much he weighed !! beboo1
  • Score: 12

12:31pm Fri 23 May 14

beboo1 says...

Nosfaratu wrote:
Take them to court for endangering life and limb and scaring the **** out of you. Wont be visiting the pier until the H&S Executive have fully inspected the pier and it should be closed until further notice.

Council take notice, if you have time to look after the public and evict Travellers at the same time.
Endangering lives really ?? Am sure you won t be going out at all then for risk of potholes in the road ! Did no one see the main road into the centre closed because of an unexpected unpredicted hole recently ? Things happen sometimes and the pier has been around for many years .This is one incident of a man who felt so traumatised by the affair he had time to take his camera out and take a photo . Mmmmm .
[quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: Take them to court for endangering life and limb and scaring the **** out of you. Wont be visiting the pier until the H&S Executive have fully inspected the pier and it should be closed until further notice. Council take notice, if you have time to look after the public and evict Travellers at the same time.[/p][/quote]Endangering lives really ?? Am sure you won t be going out at all then for risk of potholes in the road ! Did no one see the main road into the centre closed because of an unexpected unpredicted hole recently ? Things happen sometimes and the pier has been around for many years .This is one incident of a man who felt so traumatised by the affair he had time to take his camera out and take a photo . Mmmmm . beboo1
  • Score: 8

12:54pm Fri 23 May 14

tishy1 says...

Only a small child's leg would fit through that gap not a full grown man so I don't see how it was dangling, secondly why if you were worried about children failing through the gap would you leave until the next day to inform the pier! Also was there no one else around to witness this and finally why would you waste the hospitals time for some cuts and bruises, and a finger that they said. "Might be fractured" I'm pretty sure they would be a 100% if it was or not.... I think someone can see pound signs and think they have a perfect claim when In fact it couldn't be more floored!
Only a small child's leg would fit through that gap not a full grown man so I don't see how it was dangling, secondly why if you were worried about children failing through the gap would you leave until the next day to inform the pier! Also was there no one else around to witness this and finally why would you waste the hospitals time for some cuts and bruises, and a finger that they said. "Might be fractured" I'm pretty sure they would be a 100% if it was or not.... I think someone can see pound signs and think they have a perfect claim when In fact it couldn't be more floored! tishy1
  • Score: 15

12:59pm Fri 23 May 14

mimseycal says...

All aspersions aside ... the fact remains that the pier, as a commercial enterprise open to the general public, has a duty to ensure that people do not walk on a weak surface. ... Had I, in my wheelchair, gone over that spot, the damage to me and the chair could have been a lot worse.
All aspersions aside ... the fact remains that the pier, as a commercial enterprise open to the general public, has a duty to ensure that people do not walk on a weak surface. ... Had I, in my wheelchair, gone over that spot, the damage to me and the chair could have been a lot worse. mimseycal
  • Score: 8

1:29pm Fri 23 May 14

P.Dant says...

We don`t need a story to comment on.Just give us the text field.
We don`t need a story to comment on.Just give us the text field. P.Dant
  • Score: 5

2:38pm Fri 23 May 14

PETE OF QUEENS PARK says...

If as stated by the pier management that the boards are checked daily why did this happn does not say much for their safety checks.
If as stated by the pier management that the boards are checked daily why did this happn does not say much for their safety checks. PETE OF QUEENS PARK
  • Score: 7

3:57pm Fri 23 May 14

Bugzy84 says...

Have to admit some sections of the pier do need urgent attention, in fact pretty much all of it needs attention being nothing more than a long expensive arcade after they conveniently lost the entire theater and most of the arches, we may have lost the West Pier to history but the Palace pier still could have some hope.
Have to admit some sections of the pier do need urgent attention, in fact pretty much all of it needs attention being nothing more than a long expensive arcade after they conveniently lost the entire theater and most of the arches, we may have lost the West Pier to history but the Palace pier still could have some hope. Bugzy84
  • Score: 12

5:53pm Fri 23 May 14

NickBrt says...

Poor man. I saw him dangling from the pier screaming and holding on for his life. There were boards of sharks swimming underneath leaping up trying to grab him. I was petrified mesmerised horror struck. Even now I am having flashbacks and I am scared togo out. I think I am experiencing post traumatic stress disorder.
Poor man. I saw him dangling from the pier screaming and holding on for his life. There were boards of sharks swimming underneath leaping up trying to grab him. I was petrified mesmerised horror struck. Even now I am having flashbacks and I am scared togo out. I think I am experiencing post traumatic stress disorder. NickBrt
  • Score: 26

6:03pm Fri 23 May 14

vivahate says...

Hold on... That guy is 29?
Hold on... That guy is 29? vivahate
  • Score: 15

6:14pm Fri 23 May 14

angrymonkey says...

sounds like he out for money not that much room to get leg through in pic . but shows you that cut backs on everything put things at risk it could been bad if was a small kid.
sounds like he out for money not that much room to get leg through in pic . but shows you that cut backs on everything put things at risk it could been bad if was a small kid. angrymonkey
  • Score: 2

6:30pm Fri 23 May 14

Mr chock says...

P.Dant wrote:
We don`t need a story to comment on.Just give us the text field.
http://www.theargus.
co.uk/news/11231836.
Six_men_in_court_for
_teen_prostitution_c
ase/?ref=mr
this is the story they have remove the comments area on WHY
Six men in court for teen prostitution case
[quote][p][bold]P.Dant[/bold] wrote: We don`t need a story to comment on.Just give us the text field.[/p][/quote]http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/11231836. Six_men_in_court_for _teen_prostitution_c ase/?ref=mr this is the story they have remove the comments area on WHY Six men in court for teen prostitution case Mr chock
  • Score: -1

6:48pm Fri 23 May 14

birchy777 says...

Part of pier gives way???????? Ok, technically it's part of the pier, but with a headline like that I'm expecting a replica of the west pier, and potential carnage on a massive scale. One little piece of board is broken. This is the reason I'll never give up my 40 odd pence for a bleeding load of trivial old **** like that, blown up to look like a story. Next headline:" towering inferno in public toilet" (as someone sparks up a cigarette whilst sitting on kharzi). "Mayhem in tescos" (as someone queries the price of marzipan). Do me a favour John xx
Part of pier gives way???????? Ok, technically it's part of the pier, but with a headline like that I'm expecting a replica of the west pier, and potential carnage on a massive scale. One little piece of board is broken. This is the reason I'll never give up my 40 odd pence for a bleeding load of trivial old **** like that, blown up to look like a story. Next headline:" towering inferno in public toilet" (as someone sparks up a cigarette whilst sitting on kharzi). "Mayhem in tescos" (as someone queries the price of marzipan). Do me a favour John xx birchy777
  • Score: 10

7:18pm Fri 23 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

How can a leg dangle 'precariously' whilst still firmly attached to the body??
How can a leg dangle 'precariously' whilst still firmly attached to the body?? ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 4

8:31pm Fri 23 May 14

Withdean-er says...

vivahate wrote:
Hold on... That guy is 29?
29 Stone?

Jokes aside, the victim is lucky to be alive. That vast hole could have allowed him and possibly many others to fallen to their deaths into the perilous ocean below. Shame on the PALACE Pier for not maintaining the structure as 100% perfect with not the slightest and brief failing. This sounds like an ideal case for ambulance-chasing solicitors.
[quote][p][bold]vivahate[/bold] wrote: Hold on... That guy is 29?[/p][/quote]29 Stone? Jokes aside, the victim is lucky to be alive. That vast hole could have allowed him and possibly many others to fallen to their deaths into the perilous ocean below. Shame on the PALACE Pier for not maintaining the structure as 100% perfect with not the slightest and brief failing. This sounds like an ideal case for ambulance-chasing solicitors. Withdean-er
  • Score: 7

12:13am Sat 24 May 14

ghost bus driver says...

Bugzy84 wrote:
Have to admit some sections of the pier do need urgent attention, in fact pretty much all of it needs attention being nothing more than a long expensive arcade after they conveniently lost the entire theater and most of the arches, we may have lost the West Pier to history but the Palace pier still could have some hope.
The palace Pier needs attention all right. Attention with a can of petrol and a match. Preferable with the Nobles on it at the time.
[quote][p][bold]Bugzy84[/bold] wrote: Have to admit some sections of the pier do need urgent attention, in fact pretty much all of it needs attention being nothing more than a long expensive arcade after they conveniently lost the entire theater and most of the arches, we may have lost the West Pier to history but the Palace pier still could have some hope.[/p][/quote]The palace Pier needs attention all right. Attention with a can of petrol and a match. Preferable with the Nobles on it at the time. ghost bus driver
  • Score: 0

6:28am Sat 24 May 14

NickBrt says...

If there was a pier in Balcombe Lucas's might sit down on it.
If there was a pier in Balcombe Lucas's might sit down on it. NickBrt
  • Score: 0

8:49am Sat 24 May 14

hilaryfromhove says...

Extraordinary how many of the commenters here are only concerned with the man and his motives and possible compensation. Am I the only person who is outraged by the fact that there is decking rotten enough to give way under a human being where thousands of unsuspecting people walk every day, the possibility of plunging into the sea beneath, and the cavalier attitude of duty manager in saying 'only one piece' of the decking gave way so that is all right then!
Extraordinary how many of the commenters here are only concerned with the man and his motives and possible compensation. Am I the only person who is outraged by the fact that there is decking rotten enough to give way under a human being where thousands of unsuspecting people walk every day, the possibility of plunging into the sea beneath, and the cavalier attitude of duty manager in saying 'only one piece' of the decking gave way so that is all right then! hilaryfromhove
  • Score: 7

12:49pm Sat 24 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

hilaryfromhove wrote:
Extraordinary how many of the commenters here are only concerned with the man and his motives and possible compensation. Am I the only person who is outraged by the fact that there is decking rotten enough to give way under a human being where thousands of unsuspecting people walk every day, the possibility of plunging into the sea beneath, and the cavalier attitude of duty manager in saying 'only one piece' of the decking gave way so that is all right then!
Look at the picture. The wood which allegedly gave way due to being rotten is fairly fresh.

And how come thousands of people (some of whom are vastly overweight) are able to walk on the pier with no problem?

We were not shown his alleged injuries, and we were certainly not given a mock-up of his other leg (say) showing the extent to which he had 'plummeted'. Remember the woman who got stuck in her own window the other week? We were given a mock-up by her showing how she had managed to get stuck.

The difference being, of course, that her case was genuine.
[quote][p][bold]hilaryfromhove[/bold] wrote: Extraordinary how many of the commenters here are only concerned with the man and his motives and possible compensation. Am I the only person who is outraged by the fact that there is decking rotten enough to give way under a human being where thousands of unsuspecting people walk every day, the possibility of plunging into the sea beneath, and the cavalier attitude of duty manager in saying 'only one piece' of the decking gave way so that is all right then![/p][/quote]Look at the picture. The wood which allegedly gave way due to being rotten is fairly fresh. And how come thousands of people (some of whom are vastly overweight) are able to walk on the pier with no problem? We were not shown his alleged injuries, and we were certainly not given a mock-up of his other leg (say) showing the extent to which he had 'plummeted'. Remember the woman who got stuck in her own window the other week? We were given a mock-up by her showing how she had managed to get stuck. The difference being, of course, that her case was genuine. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 6

2:16pm Sat 24 May 14

Mr chock says...

NickBrt wrote:
Poor man. I saw him dangling from the pier screaming and holding on for his life. There were boards of sharks swimming underneath leaping up trying to grab him. I was petrified mesmerised horror struck. Even now I am having flashbacks and I am scared togo out. I think I am experiencing post traumatic stress disorder.
the sharks have all gone i went to have a look ... and when you say you was mesmerised , and now in show should i contact the Nobel group with a view to you making a claim for compensation ?
[quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: Poor man. I saw him dangling from the pier screaming and holding on for his life. There were boards of sharks swimming underneath leaping up trying to grab him. I was petrified mesmerised horror struck. Even now I am having flashbacks and I am scared togo out. I think I am experiencing post traumatic stress disorder.[/p][/quote]the sharks have all gone i went to have a look ... and when you say you was mesmerised , and now in show should i contact the Nobel group with a view to you making a claim for compensation ? Mr chock
  • Score: 7

2:18pm Sat 24 May 14

Mr chock says...

vivahate wrote:
Hold on... That guy is 29?
yes his 29 hurt his thumb and took time off work because he could not drive to work ohhh poor poor chap .. he could have waited until next week when the "world cup " football is on
[quote][p][bold]vivahate[/bold] wrote: Hold on... That guy is 29?[/p][/quote]yes his 29 hurt his thumb and took time off work because he could not drive to work ohhh poor poor chap .. he could have waited until next week when the "world cup " football is on Mr chock
  • Score: 4

2:24pm Sat 24 May 14

Seagull in Malta says...

DC78 wrote:
The hospital "think" his thumb might be fractured? What an incompetent hospital not to consider an amazing thing called X-ray. He only reported it to the pier the "next day"?

I'm calling BS on this. I think he can see £ signs in his eyes and he's what we call in my native Glasgow a "pure chancer".
Standard pre- claim statement " What if it had been a child?" He was so concerned he didn't report it until the next day!
He also said nobody from the Pier came to assist.

Should they have staff every few metres all fully trained just in case?
[quote][p][bold]DC78[/bold] wrote: The hospital "think" his thumb might be fractured? What an incompetent hospital not to consider an amazing thing called X-ray. He only reported it to the pier the "next day"? I'm calling BS on this. I think he can see £ signs in his eyes and he's what we call in my native Glasgow a "pure chancer".[/p][/quote]Standard pre- claim statement " What if it had been a child?" He was so concerned he didn't report it until the next day! He also said nobody from the Pier came to assist. Should they have staff every few metres all fully trained just in case? Seagull in Malta
  • Score: 5

2:25pm Sat 24 May 14

Mr chock says...

ZeeGee, ffs wrote:
hilaryfromhove wrote:
Extraordinary how many of the commenters here are only concerned with the man and his motives and possible compensation. Am I the only person who is outraged by the fact that there is decking rotten enough to give way under a human being where thousands of unsuspecting people walk every day, the possibility of plunging into the sea beneath, and the cavalier attitude of duty manager in saying 'only one piece' of the decking gave way so that is all right then!
Look at the picture. The wood which allegedly gave way due to being rotten is fairly fresh.

And how come thousands of people (some of whom are vastly overweight) are able to walk on the pier with no problem?

We were not shown his alleged injuries, and we were certainly not given a mock-up of his other leg (say) showing the extent to which he had 'plummeted'. Remember the woman who got stuck in her own window the other week? We were given a mock-up by her showing how she had managed to get stuck.

The difference being, of course, that her case was genuine.
i saw the article to the lady had herself trapped in window because of her tits .. this headline is also a bit dramatic for the actual incident . but more important you noticed the other story yours and my comments are now remove from the teen prostitution case http://www.theargus.
co.uk/news/11231836.
Six_men_in_court_for
_teen_prostitution_c
ase/?ref=mry
the real headline could have been a bit more dramatic muslim gang "drug " rape teanagers in sussex ..
[quote][p][bold]ZeeGee, ffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hilaryfromhove[/bold] wrote: Extraordinary how many of the commenters here are only concerned with the man and his motives and possible compensation. Am I the only person who is outraged by the fact that there is decking rotten enough to give way under a human being where thousands of unsuspecting people walk every day, the possibility of plunging into the sea beneath, and the cavalier attitude of duty manager in saying 'only one piece' of the decking gave way so that is all right then![/p][/quote]Look at the picture. The wood which allegedly gave way due to being rotten is fairly fresh. And how come thousands of people (some of whom are vastly overweight) are able to walk on the pier with no problem? We were not shown his alleged injuries, and we were certainly not given a mock-up of his other leg (say) showing the extent to which he had 'plummeted'. Remember the woman who got stuck in her own window the other week? We were given a mock-up by her showing how she had managed to get stuck. The difference being, of course, that her case was genuine.[/p][/quote]i saw the article to the lady had herself trapped in window because of her tits .. this headline is also a bit dramatic for the actual incident . but more important you noticed the other story yours and my comments are now remove from the teen prostitution case http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/11231836. Six_men_in_court_for _teen_prostitution_c ase/?ref=mry the real headline could have been a bit more dramatic muslim gang "drug " rape teanagers in sussex .. Mr chock
  • Score: -2

4:57pm Sat 24 May 14

Copticman says...

It seems that most if not all who are blaming on the gentleman are from the staff of the pier. We are with a real incidence and the manager of the pier confirmed it, but his excuse is very astonishing by saying only one piece' of the decking gave way’. Those who are speaking about overweight: what is the permissible weight is allowed to visit the pier? Even so, I as engineer would like to tell you that for safety reasons must be multiplied by a factor of 7 or 8. This matter must be seriously taken in consideration and to be investigated by responsible experienced technical team from the council.
It seems that most if not all who are blaming on the gentleman are from the staff of the pier. We are with a real incidence and the manager of the pier confirmed it, but his excuse is very astonishing by saying only one piece' of the decking gave way’. Those who are speaking about overweight: what is the permissible weight is allowed to visit the pier? Even so, I as engineer would like to tell you that for safety reasons must be multiplied by a factor of 7 or 8. This matter must be seriously taken in consideration and to be investigated by responsible experienced technical team from the council. Copticman
  • Score: -6

4:58pm Sat 24 May 14

beboo1 says...

hilaryfromhove wrote:
Extraordinary how many of the commenters here are only concerned with the man and his motives and possible compensation. Am I the only person who is outraged by the fact that there is decking rotten enough to give way under a human being where thousands of unsuspecting people walk every day, the possibility of plunging into the sea beneath, and the cavalier attitude of duty manager in saying 'only one piece' of the decking gave way so that is all right then!
That's the whole point the pier is in a good state thousands of people walk on it everyday and this is an isolated incident of one small piece of decking which he couldn't have fell through unless he was a borrower ! The sea is below but he didn t fall in neither could he or would he have plunged into the sea below . One small piece of decking no injuries to report didn t report it till the next day so wasn't concerned with anyone else . All blown out of proportion journalism and over reaction at its best .
[quote][p][bold]hilaryfromhove[/bold] wrote: Extraordinary how many of the commenters here are only concerned with the man and his motives and possible compensation. Am I the only person who is outraged by the fact that there is decking rotten enough to give way under a human being where thousands of unsuspecting people walk every day, the possibility of plunging into the sea beneath, and the cavalier attitude of duty manager in saying 'only one piece' of the decking gave way so that is all right then![/p][/quote]That's the whole point the pier is in a good state thousands of people walk on it everyday and this is an isolated incident of one small piece of decking which he couldn't have fell through unless he was a borrower ! The sea is below but he didn t fall in neither could he or would he have plunged into the sea below . One small piece of decking no injuries to report didn t report it till the next day so wasn't concerned with anyone else . All blown out of proportion journalism and over reaction at its best . beboo1
  • Score: 7

6:13pm Sat 24 May 14

davidbrianjones says...

Stop being nasty to the poor Palace Pier management! It is so cruel. Next thi g we know, everyone will be accusing the Noble Organistion of arranging the arson attacks on the West Pier .....
Stop being nasty to the poor Palace Pier management! It is so cruel. Next thi g we know, everyone will be accusing the Noble Organistion of arranging the arson attacks on the West Pier ..... davidbrianjones
  • Score: 12

6:17pm Sat 24 May 14

davidbrianjones says...

It's also very sad that the Argus never investigated the Noble Organisation "losing" the parts of the Pier Theatre. They apparently just "disappeared" and the Argus journalists did not bat an eyelid.
It's also very sad that the Argus never investigated the Noble Organisation "losing" the parts of the Pier Theatre. They apparently just "disappeared" and the Argus journalists did not bat an eyelid. davidbrianjones
  • Score: 6

11:47pm Sat 24 May 14

normal working person says...

'He managed to pull himself out of the hole' - really ? Looking at the rotten wood, i would have thought there would have been a larger hole made then. And no one else saw this person dangling through the pier ? No one else actually saw it happen and the Pier weren't informed at the time. I wonder if he just happened to come across a hole in the decking ?

In my opinion a completely fabricated story with as many holes in it as the Pier decking.

And could he not have got the train to work ?

The pound signs are spinning. Silly man.
'He managed to pull himself out of the hole' - really ? Looking at the rotten wood, i would have thought there would have been a larger hole made then. And no one else saw this person dangling through the pier ? No one else actually saw it happen and the Pier weren't informed at the time. I wonder if he just happened to come across a hole in the decking ? In my opinion a completely fabricated story with as many holes in it as the Pier decking. And could he not have got the train to work ? The pound signs are spinning. Silly man. normal working person
  • Score: 7

8:42am Sun 25 May 14

Marbo says...

Better call Saul.
Better call Saul. Marbo
  • Score: 5

10:11am Sun 25 May 14

weeJohn says...

Agree just another case of the Compensation Culture we live in.
Q: Why did it take him so long to report it ?
A: ££££££££££
£££'s
Agree just another case of the Compensation Culture we live in. Q: Why did it take him so long to report it ? A: ££££££££££ £££'s weeJohn
  • Score: 5

10:12am Sun 25 May 14

weeJohn says...

Agree just another case of the Compensation Culture we live in.
Q: Why did it take him so long to report it ?
A: ££££££££££
£££'s
Agree just another case of the Compensation Culture we live in. Q: Why did it take him so long to report it ? A: ££££££££££ £££'s weeJohn
  • Score: 3

1:56pm Sun 25 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Copticman wrote:
It is very clear from the report, that he went to the hospital immediately but he informed the pier next day about the result of the hospital.
The main topic is what happened and would happen if no more safety measurements have to be taken. As from the picture we can see the rotten woods and the pier manager said that they check them on daily basis!!!
The wood is clearly not rotten. Look how clean and fresh it looks!

The whole thing is a set-up. I'm not accusing the guy of causing that damage, but he is clearly inventing injuries.
[quote][p][bold]Copticman[/bold] wrote: It is very clear from the report, that he went to the hospital immediately but he informed the pier next day about the result of the hospital. The main topic is what happened and would happen if no more safety measurements have to be taken. As from the picture we can see the rotten woods and the pier manager said that they check them on daily basis!!![/p][/quote]The wood is clearly not rotten. Look how clean and fresh it looks! The whole thing is a set-up. I'm not accusing the guy of causing that damage, but he is clearly inventing injuries. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 6

2:45pm Sun 25 May 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

I walked onto the pier on Saturday and I have to say the state of the boards is pretty grim in places. Some are wobbly and a few were not nailed down at one end and in other places they have been patched up with new boards which are far higher than the existing boards creating a trip risk.
Take a look. I also suggest that some of the city's councillors and officers take a look. I am usually cynical about stories like this but I have to say some parts of the boarding are in desperate need of repair.
Take a walk guys and see for yourself.
I walked onto the pier on Saturday and I have to say the state of the boards is pretty grim in places. Some are wobbly and a few were not nailed down at one end and in other places they have been patched up with new boards which are far higher than the existing boards creating a trip risk. Take a look. I also suggest that some of the city's councillors and officers take a look. I am usually cynical about stories like this but I have to say some parts of the boarding are in desperate need of repair. Take a walk guys and see for yourself. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 9

3:05pm Sun 25 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
I walked onto the pier on Saturday and I have to say the state of the boards is pretty grim in places. Some are wobbly and a few were not nailed down at one end and in other places they have been patched up with new boards which are far higher than the existing boards creating a trip risk.
Take a look. I also suggest that some of the city's councillors and officers take a look. I am usually cynical about stories like this but I have to say some parts of the boarding are in desperate need of repair.
Take a walk guys and see for yourself.
And do you think that your leg could fit through a gap caused by a missing plank?

Yes, the decking needs attention periodically, but the fact that repairs are undertaken when necessary shows that it is being done.

Did you report any of the planks that require nailing?

Do you honestly believe the guy's story?
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: I walked onto the pier on Saturday and I have to say the state of the boards is pretty grim in places. Some are wobbly and a few were not nailed down at one end and in other places they have been patched up with new boards which are far higher than the existing boards creating a trip risk. Take a look. I also suggest that some of the city's councillors and officers take a look. I am usually cynical about stories like this but I have to say some parts of the boarding are in desperate need of repair. Take a walk guys and see for yourself.[/p][/quote]And do you think that your leg could fit through a gap caused by a missing plank? Yes, the decking needs attention periodically, but the fact that repairs are undertaken when necessary shows that it is being done. Did you report any of the planks that require nailing? Do you honestly believe the guy's story? ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 1

4:26pm Sun 25 May 14

Copticman says...

ZeeGee: Tell the truth, what is your position in the pier? It is now clear that you are against anyone who tell the truth or comment logically. If the gentleman inventing injuries as you are saying, you are not the right one to speak about them, because you neither saw them nor you work in the hospital where his case was investigated. Please, be logic and smart!!!!!
ZeeGee: Tell the truth, what is your position in the pier? It is now clear that you are against anyone who tell the truth or comment logically. If the gentleman inventing injuries as you are saying, you are not the right one to speak about them, because you neither saw them nor you work in the hospital where his case was investigated. Please, be logic and smart!!!!! Copticman
  • Score: -3

4:59pm Sun 25 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Copticman wrote:
ZeeGee: Tell the truth, what is your position in the pier? It is now clear that you are against anyone who tell the truth or comment logically. If the gentleman inventing injuries as you are saying, you are not the right one to speak about them, because you neither saw them nor you work in the hospital where his case was investigated. Please, be logic and smart!!!!!
I comment on that which is placed before me, hence the fact that I point out contradictions, implausibilities, and inconsistencies across a range of stories.

The guy says that his leg dangled precariously through the decking, yet his leg was clearly in no danger of plummeting into the Channel, seeing as it was still attached to his body. The hole in question wasn't big enough for a sizable amount of adult leg to pass through. He waited a whole day before reporting it, and despite claiming to have been 'taken' (how?) to hospital, there is no evidence that pier staff were aware that anything had happened.

The hospital wasn't able to state that the thumb was broken. That is, frankly, a ridiculous notion, and suggests that no hospital visit occurred or that he was told there was nothing wrong with his thumb. He told us that he was treated for cuts and bruises - why wasn't his thumb attended to? Also, the pier spokesman referred to an alleged wrist injury - isn't it more a case of the guy not quite getting his story straight?

Finally, his " I don’t feel that this has been satisfactorily dealt with." shows that he is angry that the pier hasn't offered him any compensation.
[quote][p][bold]Copticman[/bold] wrote: ZeeGee: Tell the truth, what is your position in the pier? It is now clear that you are against anyone who tell the truth or comment logically. If the gentleman inventing injuries as you are saying, you are not the right one to speak about them, because you neither saw them nor you work in the hospital where his case was investigated. Please, be logic and smart!!!!![/p][/quote]I comment on that which is placed before me, hence the fact that I point out contradictions, implausibilities, and inconsistencies across a range of stories. The guy says that his leg dangled precariously through the decking, yet his leg was clearly in no danger of plummeting into the Channel, seeing as it was still attached to his body. The hole in question wasn't big enough for a sizable amount of adult leg to pass through. He waited a whole day before reporting it, and despite claiming to have been 'taken' (how?) to hospital, there is no evidence that pier staff were aware that anything had happened. The hospital wasn't able to state that the thumb was broken. That is, frankly, a ridiculous notion, and suggests that no hospital visit occurred or that he was told there was nothing wrong with his thumb. He told us that he was treated for cuts and bruises - why wasn't his thumb attended to? Also, the pier spokesman referred to an alleged wrist injury - isn't it more a case of the guy not quite getting his story straight? Finally, his " I don’t feel that this has been satisfactorily dealt with." shows that he is angry that the pier hasn't offered him any compensation. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 6

6:01pm Sun 25 May 14

Copticman says...

This what I am saying that the council to be involved and this incident to be investigated. If this gentleman lies he has to be punished, on the other hand if what he saying is true the management and the technical team have to be punished. You are speaking about compensation, I would like to tell you if something like this happen to me I’ll not accept any compensation even if it is six figures. This is very serious incident as the pier is one of the attraction in Brighton and hundreds of people and tourist visiting it daily. To endanger other life’s is not a simple issue.
This what I am saying that the council to be involved and this incident to be investigated. If this gentleman lies he has to be punished, on the other hand if what he saying is true the management and the technical team have to be punished. You are speaking about compensation, I would like to tell you if something like this happen to me I’ll not accept any compensation even if it is six figures. This is very serious incident as the pier is one of the attraction in Brighton and hundreds of people and tourist visiting it daily. To endanger other life’s is not a simple issue. Copticman
  • Score: -1

6:40pm Sun 25 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Copticman wrote:
This what I am saying that the council to be involved and this incident to be investigated. If this gentleman lies he has to be punished, on the other hand if what he saying is true the management and the technical team have to be punished. You are speaking about compensation, I would like to tell you if something like this happen to me I’ll not accept any compensation even if it is six figures. This is very serious incident as the pier is one of the attraction in Brighton and hundreds of people and tourist visiting it daily. To endanger other life’s is not a simple issue.
Life endangered'?? 'Very serious incident'??

Get a grip!

A tiny hole has appeared in a plank which is in otherwise sound condition. Look at the state of the wood in the fracture - it is clean and fresh. You'd be hard pressed to force anything through it.

The pier manage is obviously treating this as a trivial incident, and if the guy wants to get his lawyers involved, then he is free to do so.

Let's be honest - if the council were to get involved, the hole would get bigger.
[quote][p][bold]Copticman[/bold] wrote: This what I am saying that the council to be involved and this incident to be investigated. If this gentleman lies he has to be punished, on the other hand if what he saying is true the management and the technical team have to be punished. You are speaking about compensation, I would like to tell you if something like this happen to me I’ll not accept any compensation even if it is six figures. This is very serious incident as the pier is one of the attraction in Brighton and hundreds of people and tourist visiting it daily. To endanger other life’s is not a simple issue.[/p][/quote]Life endangered'?? 'Very serious incident'?? Get a grip! A tiny hole has appeared in a plank which is in otherwise sound condition. Look at the state of the wood in the fracture - it is clean and fresh. You'd be hard pressed to force anything through it. The pier manage is obviously treating this as a trivial incident, and if the guy wants to get his lawyers involved, then he is free to do so. Let's be honest - if the council were to get involved, the hole would get bigger. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 4

1:50am Mon 26 May 14

Ontinigs says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
I walked onto the pier on Saturday and I have to say the state of the boards is pretty grim in places. Some are wobbly and a few were not nailed down at one end and in other places they have been patched up with new boards which are far higher than the existing boards creating a trip risk.
Take a look. I also suggest that some of the city's councillors and officers take a look. I am usually cynical about stories like this but I have to say some parts of the boarding are in desperate need of repair.
Take a walk guys and see for yourself.
As someone who works on the pier I walk the wood 3-6 times a week depending on my shifts and have been since January 2013. I have seen the maintenance team at work and I have seen people of quite the large size walk around the place. This is the first time I have even heard of the wood breaking so keyboard warriors be calm all is safe.

This thing that bothers me is looking at the layout of the wood it is very close to the entrance of the pier. Why the man didn't inform any of the security or managers who do go to the main entrance less then 50 meters away is really baffling.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: I walked onto the pier on Saturday and I have to say the state of the boards is pretty grim in places. Some are wobbly and a few were not nailed down at one end and in other places they have been patched up with new boards which are far higher than the existing boards creating a trip risk. Take a look. I also suggest that some of the city's councillors and officers take a look. I am usually cynical about stories like this but I have to say some parts of the boarding are in desperate need of repair. Take a walk guys and see for yourself.[/p][/quote]As someone who works on the pier I walk the wood 3-6 times a week depending on my shifts and have been since January 2013. I have seen the maintenance team at work and I have seen people of quite the large size walk around the place. This is the first time I have even heard of the wood breaking so keyboard warriors be calm all is safe. This thing that bothers me is looking at the layout of the wood it is very close to the entrance of the pier. Why the man didn't inform any of the security or managers who do go to the main entrance less then 50 meters away is really baffling. Ontinigs
  • Score: 4

1:16pm Mon 26 May 14

Elgabalus says...

Show me again how you fell through that and past the metal bar you compo chasing fibber
Show me again how you fell through that and past the metal bar you compo chasing fibber Elgabalus
  • Score: 7

2:32am Fri 30 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Anyone else wondering if his leg had to be amputated?
Anyone else wondering if his leg had to be amputated? ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 0

3:11pm Mon 2 Jun 14

kingruss says...

Give the fella 8 Donuts and a can of Sprite and he will be happy
Give the fella 8 Donuts and a can of Sprite and he will be happy kingruss
  • Score: 0

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