HEALTH and safety chiefs have officially launched an investigation after a man fell from scaffolding in South Tyneside.
The man had been working on a house in St Cuthbert’s Avenue, Horsley Hill, as part of a team from Gentoo, when the incident happened at lunchtime yesterday.
He was flown by air ambulance to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary in what was described as a “serious” condition.
Inspectors were on the scene shortly after the fall to carry our preliminary investigations.
The organisation has now confirmed that an investigation is be carried out into how and why the worker fell.
A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said: “Inspectors were on-site following the incident to carry out preliminary investigations.
“We can now confirm a full investigation will be carried out into the incident.”
The work being carried out on the properties on behalf of South Tyneside Homes as part of a roof replacement scheme as part of the Decent Homes project.
John Craggs, deputy chief executive of the Gentoo Group, said: “We are conducting a full investigation into this accident and are working with the Police and the HSE to determine what happened.”
A spokesman for South Tyneside Homes said they will continue to “work closely with the Health and Safety Executive” as they carry out their investigations.