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Worker falls 18 metres down lift shaft

Police and ambulance crews were called to a city centre building which was currently under construction, after a building worker was seriously injured when he fell 18 metres down a lift shaft.

The accident occurred on the site at approx. midday as builders were working on the £42m art, architecture and design faculty at De Montfort University as part of the expansion of the campus.

The worker suffered a variety of injuries to his limbs and an air ambulance was called due to the severity of his injuries. The injured man’s fellow workers helped to ferry equipment from the air ambulance to the scene where the man was being treated by paramedics.

One witness said:

“Builders, who I assume were trained in First Aid, were carrying bags of stuff from the helicopter to the building site.

“The chap came past us on a stretcher and he was conscious. 

“We couldn’t see his face because he had a neck brace on.”

She added: “Builders who come in said he had fallen three storeys down a lift shaft, but that he was talking afterwards.

“There was also an ambulance and two paramedic cars on the scene. It seemed like about half an hour before he was brought to the air ambulance.”

An air ambulance spokesperson said:

“We worked with …… and his colleagues. He was given pain relief, immobilised and treated for limb injuries before being flown to hospital.”

Police said the man’s injuries were not life threatening.

As a result of the incident, all work on site was halted while an investigation into what happened got underway. Police and the Health and Safety Executive have launched a joint investigation into the incident.

 

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