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    INCIDENT: LIFT SHAFT FALL ON MAJOR PROJECT

    Workman survives 60ft fall from height

    It has been reported (June 15th) by the Leicester Mercury that a building worker was seriously injured when he fell 60 feet down a lift shaft in a building under construction in Leicester city centre.

    He suffered a number of injuries to his limbs and was airlifted to hospital. The man’s colleagues ferried medical equipment to the scene from the air ambulance which landed 200 yards away. The incident happened at around 12.20pm on the site of the £42m art, architecture and design faculty at De Montfort University.

    The project is being built by Balfour Beatty as part of the expansion of the campus. Work on site was halted whilst an investigation into what happened got underway. The man was airlifted to the Queen’s Medical Centre, (QMC) in Nottingham after the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance landed on nearby Bede Park.

    A worker at a nearby cafe told the Mercury:

    “Builders, who I assume were trained in First Aid, were carrying bags of stuff from the helicopter to the building site. The chap came past us on a stretcher and he was conscious. We couldn’t see his face because he had a neck brace on. Builders who come in said he had fallen three storeys down a lift shaft, but that he was talking afterwards.”

    A Balfour Beatty spokesman said:

    “There was an incident at our De Montfort University construction site this morning involving a sub-contractor which resulted in an individual being taken to hospital.  Work in the immediate vicinity of the incident has been stopped while investigations take place. While investigations are ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

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