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    INCIDENT STRUCTURAL COLLAPSE

    Builder crushed by falling chimney has leg amputated at the scene

    A construction worker is reported to be “fighting for survival” following the fall of a chimney on the site of a public house being demolished at Throckley, near Newcastle. The fire service used lifting gear to move the structure but despite medical efforts one leg of the injured man had to be amputated at the scene.

    A spokesperson from Ambulance Service said: “The fire brigade were trying to release him because the building was not safe, and he was trapped by a concrete block. His left leg was amputated and all limbs were crushed.” A Northumbria police spokesperson said: “A man had become trapped under fallen masonry at the former public house, which is in the process of being demolished. HSE has been informed.”

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