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Court Summary - at a glance
- Ensure adequate safety barriers are installed on a landing where there is a risk of a fall from height;
- Ensure an emergency exit that is not intended to be otherwise used is clearly labelled as an emergency exit only;
- Install an alarm system to alert staff when an emergency exit door is opened; and
- Ensure patrons use an appropriate designated smoking area.
The incident occurred when the victim, a patron at the club, had gone outside for a cigarette using an emergency exit. The victim was standing on an unguarded external stairwell landing. When the victim stepped back to allow a friend to re-enter the building, the victim fell three metres onto a concrete patio area below.
The victim suffered serious injuries to the spine, shoulder and neck and also suffered a mild traumatic brain injury.