An overweight grandfather says that his large belly saved his life when he fell down the same flight of 15 steps at a pub where a customer died last Sunday. Colin Hayes, 61, believes his stomach cushioned his fall as he tumbled down the staircase to the gents’ toilets at Wetherspoon’s in Bournemouth.
Colin also suffered three bleeds on the brain in the fall but is convinced his massive belly saved him from certain death. He doesn’t remember a thing about the fall and only recalls being bought around to consciousness by a nurse in the hospital. Doctors told him that his stomach got in the way and stopped him banging his head on the walls, Colin had lost weight before the fall and has always struggled with his weight, he was 30 stone not too long ago.
He is the third person to suffer a fall at the Christopher Creeke pub in the last eight months. One man suffered serious head injuries in a fall last June, while another man in his 40s went into cardiac arrest after falling at the pub last Sunday, he later died in hospital.
A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon said they have checked the stairs since the latest incident with council health and safety officers and no defects had been found. Spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “A company representative has met with environmental health officers from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.”
‘This was in order to review the stairs which lead down to the gents’ toilets at the pub. ‘They stated that in their opinion no offences had been committed, and therefore no enforcement action was required as there was no risk to the public. ‘This means that no defects were found on the stairs, with the handrail or in the level of light.’