Rail Workers Overcome By Fumes

Accident at work


Firefighters were called to assist two maintenance workers who fell ill after being overcome by fumes in a disused railway tunnel, it has been reported.

The incident happened at the Harecastle Tunnel in Kidsgrove, Staffordshire, the BBC said.

Emergency crews were called just after 11am on Tuesday and helped to reach two of the workers in the tunnel. Two other workers escaped and did not appear to have been affected by the fumes.

The BBC reported that one man, thought to be in his 20s, was taken to hospital for further treatment.

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David Urpeth from law firm Irwin Mitchell said: "The exact circumstances of this work accident are currently unclear.

"Generally however, employers have a duty to carry out risk assessments intended to highlight the risks of injury or death that could occur in an accident at work.

"In this case, something went wrong.

"I represent many people who have suffered injury and ill health as a result of work accidents."