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Workman suffers potentially life-changing injuries after being trapped under lift at Finsbury flats

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident

06 July, 2018

Peregrine House on Hall Street. Credit: @LFBIslington

A COUNCIL contractor suffered potentially life-changing injuries when he became trapped under a lift while carrying out repairs at a block of flats.

Firefighters were called to a man trapped between a lift and lift machinery at the ground floor of Peregrine House, in Hall Street, Finsbury, last Thursday afternoon.

The Health and Safety Executive is now investigating.

London Fire Brigade watch manager Steve Howlett, who was at the scene, said: “Firefighters manually lowered the lift and used specialist cutting equipment to cut through an adjacent lift to get the best access to reach him.

“We worked very closely with London Ambulance Service hazardous area response team to release the man, who was then taken to hospital.”

The Metropolitan Police said this week that the 52-year-old man was in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

His injuries have been assessed as non-life threatening but potentially life-changing.

Inspectors from HSE have visited the flats block, where the lift is currently out of order.

Islington Council did not confirm whether it was also investigating the accident.

A Town Hall spokeswoman said: “We are very concerned to hear about the incident at Peregrine House, and our thoughts are with the man who was injured.”

Fire crews from Islington, Euston and Paddington stations were called at 1.20pm and left at 2.40pm.

A police spokesman added: “Inquiries into the circumstances remain ongoing but at this stage the incident is not being treated as suspicious.”

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