Workers Down Well Rescued

Fall at Work


Two builders who fell down a 40ft well shaft at a derelict school in Sheffield have been rescued after twenty firefighters and two ambulances attended the scene.

Both men, aged 44 and 39 are conscious in hospital and have suffered facial wounds after they were trapped at the former Daniel Hill School on Daniel Hill Street in Upperthorpe, Sheffield.

The incident on the morning of April 17 happened whilst the men were working for developers Pullan Homes, converting the building to flats.

The alarm was raised by another workman who heard the men shouting for help and the emergency services were called to the scene.

A firefighter was lowered into the well to bring the men to safety using specialist rescue equipment.

David Urpeth, a Partner from law firm Irwin Mitchell said: "Employers have a duty of care to provide workers with a safe place and safe system of work so as to prevent work accidents.

"Falls at work represent a major cause of accidents at work.

"Whilst the exact circumstances of this accident are not known, something clearly went very wrong.

"I represent many workers who have been injured or killed in industrial accidents."