Roof worker killed after fall through warehouse skylight

Man fell through skylight of disused warehouse in Brockholes View
Man fell through skylight of disused warehouse in Brockholes View
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An investigation has been launched after a workman fell to his death from the roof of a disused warehouse in Preston.

Witnesses say the 59-year-old, identified by police as Mieczyslaw Sulowski, crashed through a skylight at the former premises of Allied Scaffolding in Brockholes View on Friday. He dropped around 10 metres onto a concrete floor below.

Paramedics, who arrived at the building within four minutes, found Mr Sulowski “unresponsive” with severe head injuries and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Health and Safety inspectors visited the premises and a joint inquiry with police was launched into the cause of the accident.

It is believed the worker, who lived in Ashton, Preston, fell while he was carrying out repairs to a section of roof at the empty building, which was occupied by Allied Scaffolding until the company moved to new premises on the Red Scar Industrial Estate in Ribbleton.

A statement from Lancashire Constabulary headquarters read: “We were called to the scene by the ambulance service following reports of an industrial accident.

“A 59-year-old man was pronounced dead by paramedics. It is thought he had been conducting repairs on a roof of an unoccupied business premises and fell about 10 metres.

“A joint investigation between the police and the Health and Safety Executive is currently underway.”

The North West Ambulance Service said one of its crews was in the vicinity when the 999 call came in and they were able to reach the casualty within four minutes.

“The man had a head injury. He had landed on concrete and was unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.”

The HSE confirmed it was “assisting police with their enquiries”.

A spokesman added: “A witness saw the man fall through a clear roof panel, possibly a skylight.

“Apparently he was working trying to repair a fragile roof when he fell.”

No-one was available at the Preston offices of Allied Scaffolding. But a spokesman at the company’s Rochdale branch said: “I’m afraid this is not something we want to comment on.”