HEALTH and safety chiefs are now looking into an incident in which a worker was crushed by metal pipes.
The emergency services were called to the Tata Steel site, off Brenda Road, in Hartlepool, when a man, thought to be in his 50s, suffered multiple injuries to his chest, abdomen and leg around 1.45pm on Monday.
Ambulance paramedics rushed to the site but due to the man’s injuries the Great North Air Ambulance was called and transported him to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.
Police said his condition today was not known, however, a spokesman for BSR, the company he was working for, said he had been “sitting up in bed talking” on Monday night.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said the incident has now been passed to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
“The case has been passed from ourselves to the HSE,” she said.
The man was working as an agency worker for BSR when he was said to have been crushed by the pipes.
The exact circumstances surrounding how he came to be crushed are not known.
A BSR spokesman told the Mail that following the incident the man managed to walk to a works vehicle and was transferred to an onsite medical centre before being flown to hospital.
He said that the company itself has also launched an investigation into how the man came to be injured and said it would co-operate fully with the HSE.
A spokesman for BSR said: “We have begun a full investigation to understand what exactly happened and we will of course co-operate fully with external agencies.”
The HSE had not provided a statement by the time the Mail went to press.