Fireman tells of warehouse fall drama

Subcontractors were cleaning guttering when one fell 40 ft through the roof

A FIREMAN has given an eyewitness account of the drama in which a man fell 40 ft through a warehouse roof.

Lewis Orrow, red watch manager at Stratford fire station, said that the 54-year-old subcontractor who plummeted through the roof of the Iron Mountain building in Bradfield Road on Tuesday afternoon had been cleaning gutters with a colleague.

Mr Orrow said: “He was moaning and in a lot of pain when we arrived.

“He was treated by an ambulance crew and taken to hospital.

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“His colleague was still on the roof at the back of the building.

“He was a bit shook up and in a state of shock.

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“We used a ladder to get him down.”

The man, who suffered serious but not life threatening chest injuries from his fall, remains in a stable condition at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

An investigation into the incident has been launched by the Health & Safety Executive.

A spokesman for the multinational company said that it was co-operating with the authorities on the investigation.

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