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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Man killed in fall from pylon near Carlisle

A man has died after falling from an electricity pylon near Carlisle.

The 49-year-old is understood to have been one of at least two men painting the pylons when the tragedy happened.

Emergency services were called to fields between Aikton and Great Orton at about 11.50am on Saturday. They had received reports that a worker had fallen from a pylon.

Paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service responded to the 999 call but were unable to save him.

A spokeswoman for Cumbria police said: “The man, aged 49, died at the scene.”

A joint investigation was launched by the force alongside the Health and Safety Executive to try to establish the circumstances leading up to the incident.

A HSE spokesman confirmed that an investigation has been opened and inspectors have been out to visit and assess the scene.

Police have confirmed that the man’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

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