Brent man hit by a bus escapes with his life after shop sign falls in Willesden
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A Willesden resident who survived being struck by a bus six months ago avoided death for the second time when a falling shop sign missed him by inches.
Saaed Ibrahim, 54, of Grange Road, is calling for an investigation after the heavy metal signage crashed to the ground as he walked passed the disused shop at 68 High Road, Willesden, on Sunday afternoon.
The married father-of-two said he is now afraid to leave his home as he fears he will end up in another accident.
He told the Times: “I was walking with my wife’s cousin when we heard a loud crash and saw the sign had fallen just behind us.
“We could have been injured or killed I can’t believe this has happened.
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“My wife’s cousin was in England to deliver invitations for his wedding if we had both been injured or killed it would have been a tragedy for our families.
“We were badly shaken as we had a lucky escape but now I am wary about leaving the house.
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“What will happen next?”
Mr Ibrahim, an engineer for a bus company, is currently off work while he recovers from injuries sustained in a collision in Cricklewood.
He added: “Because of my job I know a lot about structure and I looked at the sign and could see no damage to the wood work, however there were only a few screws holding up the sign.
“It measures around 12 feet by three feet and is five inches thick so the screws were not secure enough.
“I hope this is fully investigated by the council because we could have been killed.
“Suppose the sign had fallen down while the storm took place the casualties could have been much greater.”
A council spokesman said their heath and safety team was due to visit the premises as the Times went to press to examine the signage.