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'Ben's balcony Law' comes into force

posted 3 Oct 2011, 13:45 by David Rintoul   [ updated 22 Nov 2011, 08:07 by TollcrossOnline Admin ]

New building regulations created following the death of a one-year-old boy who plunged 15 feet from a balcony at his mother's workplace have come into force.

Ben McCreath from Penicuik, Midlothian, fell through a six-inch gap in a glass panel on the first floor of an office block at Princes Exchange, Earl Grey Street, on February 14th, 2006.

Following a fatal accident inquiry last year, recommendations were made to introduce new legislation - dubbed "Ben's Law" - that would make it more difficult for children to squeeze through railings and balconies.