Leg crushed in industrial accident

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a worker’s leg was crushed by a falling pallet.

Police were initially called to a yard at Tofts Farm Industrial Estate, Hartlepool, after reports of an industrial accident.

A 22-year-old man suffered a suspected broken ankle or leg and was taken by ambulance to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.

Inquiries are now ongoing by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which happened at 11.50am yesterday.

Acting Inspector Wayne Marram, of Hartlepool Police, said: “It seems he has been trying to off-load pallets and one has fallen and hit his leg.

“He was taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle or broken leg.

“We were on site to try and find out what had happened and the circumstances surrounding this incident as all reports of this nature are investigated.”

He added that it was unclear who the actual yard belonged to and that it was being looked at by the HSE.

A spokeswoman for the HSE said: “We have been made aware of an incident in Tofts Farm Industrial Estate and we are making inquiries.”