Lift engineer dies in "tragic accident" at Royal Oldham Hospital

Date published: 23 February 2021

An engineer has died in a “tragic accident” at the Royal Oldham Hospital on Monday (22 February).

David Jago, the hospital's chief officer, said the maintenance engineer contractor suffered serious injuries whilst working on one of the hospital’s lift at about 9.30am.

In a statement released on Monday, Mr Jago said: “Officers from the Fire Service and Greater Manchester Police are currently on site at The Royal Oldham Hospital following a tragic accident this morning involving one of our lifts that a maintenance engineer contractor was working on.

“Sadly, we can confirm that the engineer suffered serious injuries and has sadly died. His family have been informed and are being supported.

“Investigations are ongoing to understand the circumstances surrounding the accident and to ensure the area is safe. This news has come as an awful shock to everyone who works at the hospital and our thoughts and condolences are with his family and colleagues.”

Greater Manchester Police, North West Ambulance Service and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service all attended the incident.

A spokesperson for the police said: “Officers were called by colleagues from NWAS just before 9.30am to a report of a sudden death at Royal Oldham Hospital.

“Emergency services attended and a male suffered serious injuries and was sadly pronounced dead.”

The Health and Safety Executive has been notified.

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