Work accident news
17/09/2007

Scaffolding fall leaves man in hospital

A construction worker is lucky to be alive after tumbling more than 40ft from scaffolding on a North East England building site.

The work accident occurred in Hartlepool and left the 26-year-old with serious personal injuries including a broken ankle, a fractured arm and extensive head injuries. He was rushed to the nearby University of North Tees Hospital where his injuries have been described as "serious but not life-threatening".

The man had been working on the construction of a retirement village when the incident happened and a spokesperson for the Cardiff-based firm responsible for the building work said, "It goes without saying that any accident is one accident too many."

"Our safety advisors are currently looking into what happened. Our immediate concern is with the contractor involved in the accident."

The exact reasons for the work accident are not yet clear and the Health and Safety Executive has begun an investigation.

It is not known if the injured man is planning to consult a personal injury solicitor to make a no win, no fee accident claim for compensation for his injuries.

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