Friends praying for stricken workman

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Shocked friends have rallied around a stricken roofer who was left fighting for his life after falling through a skylight.

Paul Jones, 48, was fixing a leak on the roof at Deltec Industries Limited on Poulton Industrial Estate when he plunged 30ft to the ground on Monday.

Police said he suffered ‘life threatening’ injuries to his head, back, legs, and eye.

Last night his condition had not changed.

Well-wishers joined Mr Jones’ friends in voicing message of support on The Gazette’s Facebook page.

Jake Eley described him as ‘the best and toughest man’ and said: “I’m sure he will pull through.”

Michelle Erwin said: “Thoughts are with you, Paul.

“A born fighter, you can get through this.”

While Danny Vickers said simply: “Love you, Paul. Keep fighting, pal.”

And Joanne Walsh said: “I hope he’s OK and pulls through. He goes to work to earn a decent day’s pay and this happens. Keep fighting, Mr Jones. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones.”

Mr Jones, of Kingscote Drive, Layton, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital, which specialises in treating serious head injuries, following his accident on Monday morning.

An air ambulance was called and landed at Poulton Cemetery but a decision was made to drive Mr Jones’ to hospital instead.

Deltec said Mr Jones had ‘just started work’ on the roof after being employed by the firm, based on Wyrefields, off Bracewell Avenue, to carry out repairs.

John McGregor, production manager at Deltec, a tool making company, described the incident as ‘a tragic accident’.

He said: “We administered first aid and called an ambulance. He was conscious and was able to speak with you. We are all quite upset.”

Police and the Health and Safety Executive said preliminary investigations were underway.