Man dies in accident at hospital

A MAN has died on a building site at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.

A MAN has died on a building site at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.

A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service said the man suffered multiple injuries during an “incident” thought to involve work at the site.

The hospital is currently being expanded.

“We were called to the building site next to the hospital, which is part of the expansion,” the spokeswoman said.

“We arrived there at about 1.20pm. Because we are based very close one of our officers was there within a minute.

“A rapid response car was sent and an ambulance. However, the man had suffered multiple injuries and was confirmed deceased at the scene.”

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A spokeswoman for Essex Police confirmed that the dead man had been working on the site.

She said: “We were called at 1.25pm following reports of an incident on a building site.

“Sadly a man has been pronounced dead at the scene and a Health and Safety Executive investigation has been launched.”

It is understood that the dead man was in his 30s and that the accident involved scaffolding being used on the site.

A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive said that the man who died was an agency worker. He had been working for construction firm Bouygues UK.

“We are investigating the incident and I can confirm there has been a fatality involving an agency worker,” she said.

Ian Gunter, a director of Bouygues UK, confirmed the dead man was one of the company's site operatives at Broomfield.

He added: “Obviously our thoughts are with the family at the moment. We are undertaking an investigation to understand exactly what did happen.

“The police and the Health and Safety Executive are also investigating.”

Firefighters were also sent to the hospital.

An Essex County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said they had worked at height and used specialist cutting equipment.

They left the site at around 3pm.