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INCIDENT: EXCAVATOR OPERATOR CRUSHED BY FALLING WALL

Photographs show excavator rescue after refurbishment project incident

It has been reported by This is Plymouth that an excavator operator is “fighting for his life” after a wall collapsed on a renovation project in Plymouth. 

The man suffered multiple injuries when a concrete archway collapsed and he was trapped in the seat of the excavator. He was freed by firemen and has undergone emergency surgery. Police have since reported that he is in a ‘comfortable’ condition and his life is “no longer believed to be in danger”.

Health and safety issues at the scene

Fire Watch commander Graham Willson added:

“The man was trapped by the legs under a lintel about two and a half feet long, with lumps of rubble either side attached by steel reinforcement. We made the scene safe and assisted paramedics before using hydraulic equipment to cut through the steel bar which meant we could lift the lintel. 

Police Sergeant Andy Smith said the inquiry has been handed to HSE and that there were “issues” at the scene. He said:

“We have got concerns about the digger in relation to its health and safety. At the moment we are trying to ascertain the circumstances under which the builders were working at the site.

It would appear that part of a rear garden wall, over a garage roll door, collapsed. The man was taken to hospital where they treated him for internal and spinal life-threatening injuries.”

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