Olympic Site Shut After Worker Hurt

Worker Injured Falling From Scaffolding

28.07.2010

Part of the London 2012 Olympic site had to be been shut down after a worker was injured falling from scaffolding.

A scaffolder working on the Number One block in the athlete's village in east London was taken to hospital after falling three metres.

An air ambulance arrived at the site as a precaution, but the man was taken to hospital in an ordinary ambulance.

Bovis confirmed that it is the contractor on the block involved but could not confirm whether the worker was an employee of the firm.

Work on the block stopped while an investigation took place but has later restarted.

An Olympic Delivery authority (ODA) spokesperson said: "At approximately 10am this morning a scaffolder working on the Olympic Village site fell a short distance, sustaining a suspected broken arm."

"The on-site medical team attended immediately, quickly followed by the ambulance service who have driven the worker to hospital for further treatment. The incident is being thoroughly looked into to ensure the high safety record we have achieved across the site so far is maintained."

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David Urpeth at law firm Irwin Mitchell said: “The construction industry is the industrial sector where a worker is most likely to be injured or killed in a work accident. Falls from height still remain a major category of injury and death following an accident at work.”