A MAN has been airlifted to hospital with multiple injuries after he was believed to have been crushed by metal pipes.
The man, who is thought to be in his 50s, was at the Tata Steel site, in Brenda Road, Hartlepool, working as an agency worker for BSR, when the incident happened.
He suffered “serious” leg, abdomen and chest injuries as a result.
Paramedics and police officers rushed to the site around 1.45pm yesterday and due to the seriousness of the man’s injuries the Great North Air Ambulance was called and he was airlifted to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.
An air ambulance spokesman said: “We were called to the incident and we airlifted a man, believed to be in his 50s, to the James Cook University Hospital.
“He had leg, abdomen and chest injuries. His injuries were serious.”
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police added: “Police were called to a business premises on Brenda Road in Hartlepool at around 1:40pm following reports of a man with leg injuries after an industrial incident.
“The man was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital by Air Ambulance.”
A spokesman for BSR said: “An incident happened at about 1.30pm today which involved a BSR worker suffering a crush injury to his chest at the company’s Hartlepool business, off Brenda Road.
“The man walked to a works vehicle and was transferred to the onsite medical centre before being taken to hospital.
“We have begun a full investigation to understand what exactly happened and we will of course corporate fully with external agencies.”
A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said: “We were called to Tata Steel, in Brenda Road, where a male had been involved in an incident.
“The air ambulance then attended and transported him to hospital.”