A MAN was airlifted to hospital by helicopter yesterday after falling from scaffolding in South Tyneside.
The man, who was said to be in a “serious condition” had been working on a house in St Cuthbert’s Avenue, Horsley Hill, South Shields, when the accident happened.
He was treated by paramedics before being transported to a waiting Great North Air Ambulance which had landed nearby.
He was flown to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary where his condition was described as “serious.”
Police yesterday cordoned off the property while inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive carried out their investigations soon after the accident at around 12.30pm.
One resident in the street said: “A lad fell off the ladder while working on the house. My daughter saw it happen.
“I saw him lying on the ground and then when the paramedics arrived he was put on a spinal board.
“Then we heard the helicopter arriving. It had to find somewhere to land before coming to pick him up.
Another neighbour added: “I just saw a man lying on the ground. I saw him move his arm and then someone offered him a blanket.
A spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance Service said: “We can confirm we have airlifted a man to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
“He was suffering from serious injuries. A doctor was on board the helicopter during transportation.”
A police spokesman said: “We were informed by the air ambulance they would be landing in Horsley Hill Square.
“Police attended the scene to assist the health and safety inspectors in their investigation.”
A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive said: “We have been made aware of the incident and we are making initial inquiries.”
A spokesman for South Tyneside Homes said: “We have been made aware of an incident this afternoon involving a contractor, who was working on a council property in St Cuthbert’s Avenue.
“We are currently trying to establish exactly what happened, and will work closely with the Health and Safety Executive as they carry out their investigations.”