The sharp and heavy piece of metal which fell during cladding removal and almost hit Harpenmead Point residents

The sharp and heavy piece of metal which fell during cladding removal and almost hit Harpenmead Point residents

On 16 November 2017 at around 4pm, a sharp piece of metal fell near three residents who were entering the building from the rear entrance. It almost hit a child and mum who live at Flat 31, and another lady from Flat 38, at Harpenmead Point.

The heavy and sharp piece of metal fell while the Keepmoat Regeneration workers were removing the cladding from this block of flats.

The lady, who’s child was almost hit, complained immediately to Keepmoat Regeneration and all they did on that day was to temporarily close the rear entrance, thus blocking the fire escape exit.

Keepmoat temporarily closed the rear entrance, thus blocking the fire escape exit.

The Keepmoat temporarily closed the rear entrance, thus blocking the fire escape exit.

It was only luck that no one was hurt and this incident raises serious question about the safety of our residents and how professionally Keepmoat is doing the cladding removal.

To this day there was no formal apology or reassurance from the Keepmoat or Barnet Homes to residents regarding this incident.

This is not the first time our residents were at risk by things falling from the sky. When the three Granville  Estate tower blocks were cladded, by the end of 2012, the finished work by Apollo (former name for Keepmoat Regeneration) was shady and residents feared someone could have been killed after several panels blew off and fell on the ground during strong winds in October 2013.

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