The aftermath at Toscani’s Cafe Bar and Restaurant after the ceiling fell on a patron who was having lunch at the Sydney Street Markets restaurant, yesterday afternoon.
The aftermath at Toscani’s Cafe Bar and Restaurant after the ceiling fell on a patron who was having lunch at the Sydney Street Markets restaurant, yesterday afternoon. Peter Holt

Would you like some roof with that?

THE remains of a couple’s lunch were scattered on the floor along with broken glasses and plates.

It was the last thing the pair expected when they were enjoying a quiet meal outside at Toscani’s Cafe Bar and Restaurant in Mackay Wednesday afternoon.

The Queensland Ambulance Service was called to Sydney Street Markets at about 1pm after a woman sitting under the ceiling received multiple bruising and grazing to her leg from a large piece of roof that collapsed beside her.

A QAS spokesman said that the women was not taken to hospital but was treated at the scene.

Also at the scene was a Workplace Health and Safety Queensland officer from the Mackay branch, along with representatives from Woollam Constructions.

Toscani’s duty manager Melissa Harvey said the customer was sitting outside facing onto Gordon Street when she heard three movements in the roof before it fell down.

“The ambulance arrived and the woman was still in shock and was covered in bruises.

“She ducked in the corner and covered her head for protection but part of the ceiling fell down on her leg.”

Ms Harvey said it was lucky the lunchtime rush had ended and no one else was injured.

She said this was the first major incident they had since opening more than three years ago.

“I think we will close the area down for a couple of days.

“Normally we seat families with children outside in this area – this could have badly injured a child.”

Woollam Constructions which built the $15.5 million Sydney Street Markets complex was investigating the incident.

Woollam Constructions director Craig Percival said the company was in the process of investigating the incident.

“We are concerned about the welfare of those who were injured.”

He said the company sent both their safety officer and manager to access the damage.

A Workplace Health and Safety Queensland spokesperson said the incident was being investigated.



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