Investigation launched after Vue Cinema customer dies in freak accident

March 21, 2018
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A cinema customer seriously hurt in a freak cinema accident where his head became wedged in an electric chair has died .

The horrific incident, reported by Birmingham Live , took place at Vue Cinema at Star City in Birmingham after the man dropped his phone in between the Gold Class seats at the end of the film.

He was taken to hospital after the incident.

The same seats are in place at Vue Cinemas across the country. The company has branches in Camberley , Staines , Farnborough and Basingstoke.

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Mark Croxford, Head of Environmental Health at Birmingham City Council said: “The City Council’s Environmental Health team were notified of this incident and a Health and Safety investigation has begun.

“We are unable to comment further at this stage, as the investigation is ongoing.”

An ambulance that had been called took the victim to Heartlands Hospital.

The accident occurred at a Vue Cinema in Birmingham

A source had said: “The Gold Class seats are electric reclining seats. He bent down to look for his phone. At this point the leg-rest was in an upright position.

“But as he stuck his head underneath to have a look, the footrest clamped down onto his head.

“He was stuck and panicking. His partner and staff tried to free him but couldn’t.

“The chair leg-rest was eventually broken free and he managed to get out.”

A spokeswoman for Vue Cinemas said: “We can confirm an incident took place on Friday March 9 at our Birmingham Cinema, of which a full investigation is underway.

“We are committed to helping and assisting those involved and respect their wishes for privacy and no publicity.”

The cinema complex at Star City has 25 screens including three Gold Class rooms where the emphasis is on comfort and luxury.

The company’s website says: “The Gold Class ticket price includes complimentary popcorn during your film and is strictly for over 18’s, offering luxury seating with a fully licensed bar and an enhanced viewing experience.

“Gold Class customers are welcome to visit the Gold Class bar to enjoy a drink before and during the screening.”

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Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/investigation-launched-after-vue-cinema-14439456


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