A HEALTH and safety investigation has been launched after a worker was airlifted to hospital with a crushed hand following an incident at a Hartlepool steelworks.
Emergency services responded to a call from Tata Steel in Brenda Road, Hartlepool, after the incident at around midday yesterday.
It is understood the man suffered a badly injured hand which was bleeding heavily.
The Great North Air Ambulance was called to the incident and flew the man to hospital, although the injury was not believed to be life- threatening.
Police and paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service also attended the steelworks.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) confirmed it is carrying out early investigations into the incident.
A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “The call came into us just after midday of a man with a crushed hand. He was bleeding badly.”
A Great North Air Ambulance spokesman confirmed their helicopter attended the incident but could not comment any further because it was an industrial accident and they did not want to affect any investigation by the Health and Safety Executive.
The North East Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 12.08pm and a rapid response vehicle attended.
“It was a hand injury. It was deemed that the air ambulance was the most suitable means of transport for the injury.”
A Tata Steel spokesman said: “One of our employees suffered a serious injury to his right hand following an accident in the 20 inch mill in Hartlepool. The employee was taken to hospital by air ambulance.
“We have begun a full investigation to understand what exactly happened. The Health and Safety Executive will be informed.”
A HSE spokesman said: “We can confirm the Health and Safety Executive is aware and is making preliminary inquiries.” The Mail reported on Wednesday how Tata Steel in Hartlepool, which employs 700 people, won a contract worth more than £100m to provide 214 miles of pipe for the Gulf of Mexico.