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Call to close gaps after toddler's fatal fall

posted 13 May 2010, 17:05 by David Rintoul   [ updated 13 May 2010, 17:41 ]

A sheriff has called for building standards to be tightened after a child fell from a balcony at his mother's workplace and died.

Ben McCreath plunged 15ft through a gap in glass panelling at an Edinburgh office block on Valentine's Day 2006.

The 21-month-old suffered fatal head injuries after falling from the first-floor balcony to the ground floor of the Princes Exchange building in Earl Grey Street, Tollcross.

A fatal accident inquiry into his death took place over several weeks at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. In her determination, published yesterday, Sheriff Mhairi Stephen described Ben's death as a "tragic accident", and called for moves to "promote certainty, clarity and safety" over building regulations.