Worker survives Waterfront plunge

VIDEO A roof worker is recovering today after he fell through a piece of flooring which collapsed underneath him.Seven fire engines, including two specialist lifting and lowering teams, were called to the scene in Key Street at the Blenheim House construction site at Regatta Quay, Ipswich.

A ROOF worker was recovering today after he fell through a piece of flooring which collapsed underneath him.

Seven fire engines, including two specialist lifting and lowering teams, were called to the scene in Key Street at about 2.15pm yesterday at the Blenheim House construction site at Regatta Quay, Ipswich.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was strapped to a spinal board and a turntable ladder was used to rescue him from the four storey 45 ft building.

He suffered crush injuries to his chest and cracked rips when he fell eight feet from the scaffolding in the D block of the construction site.


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Mark Snape, health and safety manager at the site, said: “He was trapped inside the building and the only way down is the staircase but due to his injuries they won't let him walk down so they had to bring him out in a stretcher.

“A piece of flooring collapsed and he fell through it, he's OK, he was laughing and joking with me when it happened.”

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Mr Snape said a full investigation will be carried out into the incident.

James Blake, 17, of Star Lane, Ipswich, witnessed the commotion after the incident and said he was shocked to see so many fire engines.

He said: “We were just stood outside when we heard all these fire engines, it sped right past us.

“I've never seen so many emergency vehicles before in one go.”

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