Clothes bank worker injured by strong winds slamming door shut at Ipswich Co-op is ‘recovering well at home’

A man emptying a Salvation Army clothing donation bin was injured after winds knocked the metal door

A man emptying a Salvation Army clothing donation bin was injured after winds knocked the metal door closed onto the man's back, it is thought. - Credit: Su Anderson

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the incident in Clapgate Lane in Ipswich at around 2pm yesterday.

A man emptying a Salvation Army clothing donation bin was injured after winds knocked the metal door

A man emptying a Salvation Army clothing donation bin was injured after winds knocked the metal door closed onto the man's back, it is thought. - Credit: Su Anderson

Colleagues of the unnamed man injured at the scene said the wind blew back the door on to him, knocking him to the ground and injuring him, as he was retrieving items from the Salvation Army clothes bank situated outside the East of England Co-op supermarket.

He was pictured being put on a stretcher and taken to Ipswich Hospital by land ambulance.

Writing on the Ipswich Star’s Facebook page, Local Parcel Network Limited said: “The worker was on official business at the bin, emptying it on behalf of the Salvation Army. I can confirm he is now home, safe and well with extensive bruising to his back.

“He was working with one of his colleagues at the time. We wish him well with (his) recovery and we will obviously work closely with the Salvation Army to further risk assess the situation to ensure our staff work in a safe environment. Thanks for your concerns and well-wishes.”


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A spokesman for the Co-op said staff were made aware of the incident.

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