Fully-loaded skip crushes man’s leg

West Midlands Ambulance Service had to airlift a man to hospital after a fully-loaded skip fell on his leg at a Herefordshire industrial estate.

The accident occurred at the Southern Avenue Industrial Estate, Leominster. An ambulance service vehicle, an ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were called to the scene.

The man, in his 30s, was taken to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham for treatment to a serious injury to his right leg,.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The ambulance crew assessing the man, who is in his 30s, requested the attendance of the Midlands Air Ambulance due to the severity of the injury and the distance to travel to Selly Oak Hospital for the necessary treatment.

“The skip had been lifted off the man’s leg by other workers at the site. Crews lifted the patient into the helicopter. He had a serious injury to his right leg and was in a stable condition. He was flown to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

“Considering the weight of a fully loaded skip, it is fortunate the leg injury wasn’t even more serious.”

Questions: Why was this guy in a position where this could have happened? Was there a risk assessment? Was there a method statement? Had he read and understood them? Was he being supervised? Had he been trained? Was there any evidence of any of this? The questions go on – and on…… Call us for some advice and guidance, we’ll be pleased to help.

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posted on September 20, 2010
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