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FALL OF SCAFFOLDER

Scaffolding company employee rushed to hospital after 50ft fall

Local Sussex press has reported that a 19-year-old employee of Mattison Scaffolding was taken to hospital by helicopter with serious injuries. Andy Webber, a project manager for Monier UK which leases the building where the fall occurred, said: “We think the gentleman has fallen through the roof. He’s fallen a long way and we can only assume he has suffered serious injuries.” A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “Police are investigating the circumstances leading up to a man sustaining injuries at a unit on the Sussex Manor Industrial Estate. It is anticipated that a joint Sussex Police and HSE investigation will follow.”

Comment: On the information available this incident appears to involve a fall through a fragile roof. Four construction workers have died falling through fragile roofs since 1 April 2008. The latest was a scaffolder who fell through a dairy roof in Cornwall. Falls through fragile roofs are not confined to ‘roofworkers’ and often involve scaffolders, heating and ventilating engineers and maintenance staff.

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