‘Bam!’: women hurt as shower door explodes

2012-05-11 00:00

A WEMBLEY woman got the shock of her life when a glass shower door inexplicably “exploded” as she took a shower yesterday morning.

Diane Earl suffered minor injuries to her back and feet.

In the afternoon, while her domestic worker, Precious Mchu­nu, was tidying up the bathroom, another panel on the other side of the shower door collapsed, raining glass down her.

Earl said: “I had just stepped into the shower and was adjusting the door, and bam! That was it.”

She told The Witness she heard a “pop” and in a heartbeat she was showered by pieces of glass.

The water was still running.

“The door exploded.”

Broken glass and blood spots littered the bathroom.

Earl’s worst nightmare would have been if her two-and-a- half-year-old twins were inside the shower when it happened.

“I can’t imagine what would have happened if my babies were inside … Just last night they were in that shower.”

Mchunu said she had just finished sweeping the bits of broken glass and was vacuuming the floor when the panel fell on her.

“I didn’t even touch it. I was surprised by a loud sound,” Mchunu added.

She said the shards hit her on her head and back.

“I’m not badly hurt. It’s only my back that is aching, but I think I am fine,” Mchunu added.

The shower was installed about six years ago when the house was renovated.

“I have two other showers like this one, but now I don’t know how dangerous they are,” said Earl.

“But I’m glad Precious (Mchunu) and I are fine.”

Bath and Bazaar, who were called on to assess the damage, said they would try and find the possible cause.

“The assessor told us that he had never seen anything like that before,” Earl said.

gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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