More online tributes to Shields roof-fall victim

UNDER INVESTIGATION ... the site of the accident in St Cuthbert's Avenue, Horsley Hill.

UNDER INVESTIGATION ... the site of the accident in St Cuthbert's Avenue, Horsley Hill.


DOZENS of online tributes have been left for a worker who died a week after falling from a South Tyneside house.

The 23-year-old was working on a house in St Cuthbert’s Avenue, Horsley Hill, South Shields, when he fell on Wednesday, February 19.

He was flown by air ambulance to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in what was described as a “serious” condition.

Police yesterday confirmed that he had died in hospital on Wednesday. The matter has been referred to the coroner.

Meanwhile scores of people have taken to the Gazette’s website, Facebook and Twitter accounts to express their sadness.

Pransomhince said: “I have a 23 year old son and I love him more than life. I am so sorry for this young man and his family and I can only imagine the heartache they must be going through. I’m so sorry.”

Humanzee wrote: “This is tragic, so young only 23 years old. Thoughts with the family and all who knew him. Rip.”

On Twitter @mariawilkinson1 said: “ I live in the street where he fell, it’s so sad to hear he died so young it’s tragic, condolences to his family.”

While Nancy Taylor added: “So sad. So young. Our thoughts are with his family.”

And Pauline Shepherd wrote: “Another young life gone far too soon.”

The man, who has not yet been named, worked for Chester-le-Street-based Wensley Roofing, which had been subcontracted by the Gentoo Group to carry out improvements on behalf of South Tyneside Homes.

The incident is still being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

A spokeswoman for the (HSE) said: “Inspectors were on-site following the incident to carry out preliminary investigations.

“We can confirm we are still investigating the incident.”




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