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Icicle knocks Stockholm man unconscious

TT/The Local · 5 Jan 2011, 14:08

Published: 05 Jan 2011 14:08 GMT+01:00

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The man was hit on the head by the icicle as he walked around the corner of Fridhemsgatan and Fleminggatan on the island of Kungsholmen, shortly after 10 am. He was knocked unconscious and taken by ambulance to hospital, where the emergency services confirmed later he was not seriously injured.

Work to sweep snow had started on the roof of the building, but the workers had not begun on the side where the incident occurred.

There is an emergency number that Stockholmers can call if they see dangerous icicles forming. So far this winter the service has taken some 600 calls, half of which have come since Christmas.

“The change in the weather conditions has caused the problem. When the temperature is around zero, icicles start to form from the combination of melting ice and the warmth from the building,” said Fredrik Tamm, managing director for Stockholms Fastighetskalender, the organisation which mans the helpline to TT.

Last winter the helpline received 3000 calls. After each call the owner of the house or building concerned is informed exactly where the icicles are.

“The owners of the building should immediately remove the snow and ice which are threatening to fall,” says Rune Thomsson, legal manager for Fastighetsägarna, the organisation run by building and homeowners.

The owner can be reported and forced to pay fines if an accident occurs. It is also not sufficient to simply put up signs warning of possible falling icicles.

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“A sign should be there for a short while to tell people that the icicles will be removed. As there can sometimes be a delay before the snow sweepers arrive, everything possible should be done to make people aware they should not enter the area, ” Said Thomsson.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:11 January 5, 2011 by Swedesmith
This would be a big headline in Ecuador.
17:49 January 5, 2011 by MarkinBoston
Man Struck by Solid Global Warming - Pictures at eleven.
21:23 January 5, 2011 by Vitas
But the Swedes do not want to know about the hundreds of illegal workers who work for 60-70 euros per hour. Every day they risk their lives to head off to the blonde fell block of ice! Sweden Bravo!
23:30 January 5, 2011 by Thorfinna
60-70 euros per hour???? wow, where can I find a job that pays that much per hour?????? illegal or not, who wouldnt want to be paid that much lol
23:39 January 5, 2011 by Vitas
Sorry--- It was mistake - 60 -70 kronor--- Do you wish this work ?
00:31 January 6, 2011 by superturbo
Well, being "illegal" and working is their own choice. But yes, it would be better if they were to comply with the law and leave the country instead of taking on "illegal" jobs.
00:36 January 6, 2011 by ghaziusman
70 Kronor per hour?? I am In....

In reality they get 40 to 60 Swedish Krone also no special shoes or warm cloths provided and safety measures ignored by contractors, no fika for them which is necessary if swede do the work.

and to save their own ass they will ask do you have permission to work, if you do you still get paid same money.
02:32 January 6, 2011 by caradoc

yes please , i am happy to work for that hourly rate.
15:59 January 6, 2011 by Puge Henis
Talk about bad luck... and imagine if he was heading out for a date:

"Honey, I'm sorry... I got hit by an icicle."

"Is THAT the best excuse you can come up with? You don't respect me enough to even try. Were you with HER again??!"

06:32 January 7, 2011 by UScitizen
So, these illegal workers get shafted so that the man on the street won't get the shaft........
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