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    The Lancashire Evening Post has reported that a workman fell to his death from the roof of a disused warehouse in Preston on Friday 19th April 2015.

    Witnesses told the the Post that a 59-year-old, identified by police as Mieczyslaw Sulowski, fell through a “skylight” at vacant premises and to the concrete floor 10m below.

    HSE Inspectors visited the premises and a joint inquiry with police was launched into the cause of the accident. It is thought the deceased was carrying out repairs to a section of roof at the empty building.

    A statement from Lancashire Constabulary headquarters read:

    “We were called to the scene by the ambulance service following reports of an industrial accident. A 59-year-old man was pronounced dead by paramedics. It is thought he had been conducting repairs on a roof of an unoccupied business premises and fell about 10 metres.

    A joint investigation between the police and the Health and Safety Executive is currently underway. The North West Ambulance Service said one of its crews was in the vicinity when the 999 call came in and they were able to reach the casualty within four minutes.

    The man had a head injury. He had landed on concrete and was unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.”

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