TRIBUTES have been paid to a worker who has died after falling from the roof of a house in South Tyneside.
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.
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.
Yesterday, flags at South Shields Town Hall were lowered to half-mast as a mark of respect, and tributes were paid at a full council meeting.
Coun Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “We’re deeply saddened by this news.
“The man was doing home improvement work on behalf of the people of South Tyneside, and our thoughts are with his family, friends and work colleagues at this very difficult time.”
The incident is still being investigated by inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive.
John Craggs, deputy chief executive of Gentoo, said: “We continue to work closely with the HSE and all other parties. We offer our sincere condolences to his family.”