Man fights for life after 30ft roof fall

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An investigation has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive after a Blackpool man was left fighting for his life after falling 30ft through a skylight .

Roofer Paul Jones was fixing a leak on the roof of a building on Poulton industrial estate when he fell through the skylight, police said.

Our thoughts are with his family at the moment and we are wishing him a full and speedy recovery

John McGregor

The 48-year-old who had ‘just started work’ on the roof of Deltec Industries Limited yesterday, fell into the warehouse below shortly after 9.15am.

Officers said he suffered ‘life threatening’ injuries to his head, back, legs and an eye and last night his condition was described as ‘critical’.

Mr Jones, who has 25 years experience, ran his own company Paul Jones Roofing and had been employed by the firm based on Wyrefields off Bracewell Avenue to carry out repair work.

The North West Air Ambulance was called shortly after the accident and landed in the nearby Poulton cemetery off Garstang Road.

However, Mr Jones, of Kingscote Drive, Layton, was eventually taken by land ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital, which specialises in serious head traumas.

John McGregor, production manager at Deltec Industries, a tool making company, said the incident was a ‘tragic accident’.

He said: “We administered first aid on site and called an ambulance and he was taken away to hospital.

“He was conscious and was able to speak with us.

“It was a tragic accident and we are all quite upset.

“I would say that nobody could have expected it.

“I interviewed him only a week ago. He just started work for us.

“Our thoughts are with his family at the moment and we are wishing him a full and speedy recovery.”

Employees in nearby businesses said they were shocked to hear of the accident.

Darren Kellett, of Oldfield Crescent, Poulton said: “I saw the air ambulance circling like mad trying to find somewhere to land.

“We had a bomb scare a couple of years ago, but apart from that we don’t really see anything like this.”

Gareth Verren, who works at West Coast Motor Auction on Wyrefields, said: “I saw paramedics running about while I was working.

“It’s a shock.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “We were called at 9.30am to reports a man had fallen 30ft.

“He had been doing some work on a skylight at a company called Deltec Industries Limited when he fell through and suffered significant head injuries. The man was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for specialist treatment.

“The incident has been reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).”

A spokesman from the HSE said it had been informed about the incident and officials were making ‘preliminary enquiries’.

A North West Ambulance Service spokesman confirmed they had taken Mr Jones to Royal Preston Hospital shortly after 9.30am yesterday by land ambulance despite calling out the air ambulance which landed close by.