Audit for NGV after second glass incident

The National Gallery of Victoria director, Gerard Vaughan, has announced an independent audit of the NGV building on St Kilda Road, following an incident on Saturday where a staff member needed hospital treatment after a glass door shattered and collapsed on her.

The incident occurred as the woman was opening the bi-folding doors between the NGV shop and the cafe at 9.50am.It was the second involving falling glass since the newly refurbished gallery, now called the NGV International, was reopened in December, prompting the gallery, with Major Projects Victoria, to commission the audit.

Announcing the audit yesterday, Dr Vaughan stressed that Saturday's accident was unrelated to the incident last month, in which a pane fell 20 metres from the top of the gallery's Coles Court, forcing the closure of seven gallery spaces. He also said that "there is no danger to staff or to public or to our great collections". Dr Vaughan said a report by WorkSafe inspectors, who checked the site on Saturday, showed the accident was caused by a fault with the design and installation of the door head track and not the glass, which was believed to have caused the shattering in the Coles Court ceiling. "It certainly appears that this is a construction and design issue and not a defect with the glass itself," Dr Vaughan said. "It's important to say... that it's unrelated to the incident last month."

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Date: 10 February 2004

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