Man falls 30 feet from scaffolding in Smethwick

Midlands Air Ambulance

Monday 12th May 2014 – 6.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

A man has been taken to a major trauma centre with serious chest injuries after falling over 30 feet from scaffolding.

The incident took place at a warehouse off Mornington Road in Smethwick at about 4.15pm on Monday afternoon.

A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, A BASICS Emergency Doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with the MERIT trauma doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a man who finding it hard to breathe after falling from the scaffolding and landing on the concrete below. They were told that he had landed on his right arm and chest.

“The man, who was in his 60s, was fully conscious throughout but had suffered a significant chest injury. After being given pain relief, he was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board.

“The man was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the doctor from the air ambulance travelling with the land ambulance crew.”


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