Workman is trapped after roof accident

FIREFIGHTERS were called to rescue a man from the roof of a building in St Neots after he was hit by some wood. The workman suffered spinal and neck injuries after a strong gust of wind caused a piece of plywood to strike him. Because of the nature of hi

FIREFIGHTERS were called to rescue a man from the roof of a building in St Neots after he was hit by some wood.

The workman suffered spinal and neck injuries after a strong gust of wind caused a piece of plywood to strike him.

Because of the nature of his injuries, the man became trapped on the roof of the building, which is under construction at Longsands College in Longsands Road.

Crews from Huntingdon and Cambridge used a turntable ladder to free the 30-year-old at about 3pm last Thursday (November 8).

Firefighters gave the man first aid until Magpas paramedics arrived.

The man, who had been wearing a hard hat, was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where he is said to be in a serious but stable condition.

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Headteacher at Longsands College, Robert Whatmough, said: "We are dealing with something quite exceptional. I do not think anyone could have predicted such a strong gust of wind and for this to happen.

"The health and safety of the students is our top priority and I know the construction company have worked hard to put health and safety first.

"No one could have predicted this.