HSE investigates after rail workers fall from scaffolding in Esher
A health and safety watchdog has launched an investigation after rail workers were hospitalised after falling from scaffolding.
The air ambulance landed at Sandown Park racecourse on Thursday, June 14, after a call that Network Rail workers had fallen about 15ft from scaffolding on a bridge they were working on.
The men, aged 49 and 52, were taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting.
One had minor head injuries and the other sustained serious chest injuries, according to a spokesman for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
Surrey Police closed the road for several hours as a result of the accident.
A spokesman for Network Rail said: “At about 10am on Thursday, two contractors working on behalf of Network Rail Infrastructure Projects fell from scaffolding being used on a rail bridge at Lower Green Road, Esher.
“Both men were taken to hospital. Network Rail will fully assist the contractor and the Health and Safety Executive in any subsequent investigation and wishes both men a speedy recovery.”
The Health and Safety Executive confirmed it was aware of the incident and had launched an investigation.