Workmen fall through roof in two incidents on same site only hours apart
It has been reported by the Manchester Evening News (MEN) that one workman has died and a second man is in a critical condition after both men fell 7m through the same roof in separate incidents on Tuesday 21 January.
The deceased workman has been named as Scott Harrower, aged 42, who is believed to be from Scotland.
Mr Harrower was airlifted to Wythenshawe Hospital with serious head and body injuries but later died. Police confirmed his family has been informed. His workmate, who has not been named, remains in a serious but stable condition at Wythenshawe Hospital.
Police and paramedics were called to the site in Stockport at 9.15am and again at 3.50pm. Both men are believed to have fallen through the same section of roof into the building.
The work is understood to have involved dismantling two units previously occupied by a furnishings company.
The MEN reports that the estate is managed by the Brookhouse Group on behalf of the owners and that Rochdale-based C Smith and Sons are carrying out the work.
A joint police and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) probe is underway to establish the full circumstances. In a statement police said:
“At 9.15am on Tuesday, police were called following reports a 45-year-old work man had fallen from a roof on Manchester Road, Heaton Norris. Officers attended and he was taken to hospital suffering serious injuries. He is currently in a serious but stable condition.
At 3.55pm on the same day, police were called back to the same address after a 42-year-old man fell from the roof. He sustained serious injuries and is currently in a critical condition in hospital.
A joint investigation has now been launched between the police and the Health and Safety Executive to establish what happened.”
An HSE spokesman told the MEN:
“We are carrying out a joint investigation with Greater Manchester Police into two separate incidents at the same site in Heaton Norris where two workers fell through the roof of a former retail unit.”
The HSE were unable to confirm the nature of the roof material. In December 2013 HSE issued a safety alert regarding falls through roofs following two incidents in London.