Man falls from scaffolding in city centre
Jun 13 2007
By Rhona Ganguly
Lunchtime in Birmingham's business district was brought to an abrupt halt today after a construction worker plunged 50ft to the ground.
Stunned witnesses gathered after the incident, where a Paragon Interiors Group Plc worker fell face down from a hoist attached to scaffolding on the former Deloitte building in Colmore Row at about 2pm.
West Midlands Police cordoned off the area surrounding the Great Western Arcade, opposite Snow Hill station, as paramedics attempted to treat and move the man. The worker, who has not been named but is believed to be in his 30s, received serious multiple injuries and was taken to Selly Oak hospital.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said paramedics had been alerted to the scene after receiving a number of phone calls from witnesses who had seen the man fall approximately seven storeys.
Steve Harris, the motorcycle paramedic who was first to arrive at the scene, said: "The man was seriously injured and had fallen face down among some hoarding, but was talking to us.
"We believe he had fallen about 50ft from a hoist going up the scaffolding. We collared and boarded him and put a line up, and were able to administer pain relief."
One eye witness, who preferred to remain anonymous, said: "There was a big crash which was really loud and a scream. He was screaming a lot and was definitely conscious when the paramedics arrived.
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"There were lots of people around who were just standing and watching."
Last night, the company responsible for the building development said it was investigating the incident.
Peter Francis, a spokesman for Paragon Interiors Group Plc, said the company had recently passed a health and safety assessment for its Colmore Row site.
"Certainly we deeply regret any injury that happens to our staff. At the moment we are doing all we can to find out all the circumstances to the accident.
"We do have strict safety guidelines in place and have recently been cleared for health and safety in Colmore Row, so this is a devastating blow.
"We will be carrying out an investigation into the incident."
Replacement? What exactly do you mean. The tower. Associated offices. Telephone exchange bits and pieces like the Brown Hill Street thing.Oh, insider gossip from BT employees, plans for £557M replacement for the current Birmingham BT Tower. Enjoy!
Trouble is, its in the wrong position especially if towers the size of Snow Hill are going to contiue to pop up around it!Yes, that tower comes in for a lot of criticism..... personally , I like it . If BT were to go I would be very disappointed .The replacement would have to be a lot higher to appease my angst.