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Two men airlifted to A&E after Falmouth Docks after steel structure collapses

By WBCraig  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

The scene of the incident which left one man trapped. Pic credit: Josephine Vickers

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TWO docks workers have been taken to hospital after a steel structure collapsed at A&P Falmouth this morning, trapping one of the men.

Police and other emergency services were called to Falmouth Docks following the incident just after 10am when part of a steel rack collapsed.

A police spokeswoman said: “Two men had been injured by a large piece of metal. One of them was trapped by a steel structure adjacent to a building which was being worked on.

"The casualties were taken to A & E with suspected broken bones. The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening or life changing."

A&P Falmouth managing director Peter Childs said the incident occurred after part of the steel stock collapsed area where the company stores its stock of steel used for repairing ships.

“Our thoughts are with the family and the two men who were injured,” he said.

“All the staff here are concerned for them and wish them well.

“Thankfully this doesn’t happen very often.”

He added that he was unable to comment on exactly what happened as the incident was the subject of an investigation by the authorities.

A statement from Cornwall Air Ambulance said: "Our crew were alerted shortly before 10am this morning and were among the first to arrive on-scene at the Docks, where two patients had been injured by a large piece of metal.

"Cornwall Air Ambulance crew worked alongside other emergency services to assist the casualties. 

"One patient has been airlifted to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, by the Cornwall Air Ambulance. The other casualty was taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske by land ambulance."

Health and Safety Executive officers and police crime scene investigators are on the scene.

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