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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Roof fall man flown to Newcastle hospital

A roofer was in a serious condition in hospital today after suffering severe injuries when he fell from the roof of a two-storey house.

The 44-year-old man from Gretna was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle after the incident in Brampton just before 9am yesterday (Tuesday).

The man sustained severe injuries to his back, leg and pelvis.

The Penrith-based Pride of Cumbria air ambulance was called out by paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service, who were at the scene.

The Great North Air Ambulance aircrew doctor and paramedic assisted, giving initial treatment at the scene.

The man's condition on arrival at hospital yesterday morning was said to be stable.

The incident happened at Prospect Place on Gelt Road, Brampton. The injured man was found by house owner Jane Smythes.

Mrs Smythes spoke of her horror at her discovery.

She said: “I saw him start to go up the ladder at the side of the house, next thing I knew he was on the ground round the back of the house.

"When I went out I covered him up but he couldn’t talk because he seemed to be in too much pain.”

The Health and Safety Executive has told the News & Star that yesterday’s incident has not yet been reported.

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