Man airlifted to hospital after falling from ladder in Rawtenstall

The worker, who is in his 30s, was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital with back and chest injuries

The worker, who is in his 30s, was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital with back and chest injuries

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A MAN has been airlifted to hospital after he fell from a ladder while cutting trees in Rossendale.

The worker, who is in his 30s, was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital with back and chest injuries, a Lancashire police spokesman said.

Emergency services, including four crews from Rawtenstall fire station, were called to the scene opposite LJ&R Wholesale Footwear Ltd in Bacup Road, Waterfoot, at around 3.50pm.

The North West Ambulance Service said it attended the incident and took the man by land to a waiting air ambulance in Rawtenstall.

A spokeswoman said: “We got a call at 4pm to say that a male patient had fallen off a ladder.

“He landed near the water [the River Irwell] but didn’t actually fall in. Because of the location we send a heli-med, a rapid response vehicle and a normal ambulance.”

Bacup Road remains closed in both directions while the emergency services investigate the incident. The closure has caused delays to traffic, including Rosso bus services.

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9:04pm Tue 20 May 14

TheReality says...

Hope the person involved has a speedy recovery. I saw the Air Ambulance fly in and its rarely for minor incidents.

On another note:

Any Councillors reading this need to lobby government to fund the Air Ambulance service. Even if it was only a basic service with the rest generated via charity. Having such an amazing service entirely funded by charity, but still at the beck and call of privatised government bodies is disgusting.
Hope the person involved has a speedy recovery. I saw the Air Ambulance fly in and its rarely for minor incidents. On another note: Any Councillors reading this need to lobby government to fund the Air Ambulance service. Even if it was only a basic service with the rest generated via charity. Having such an amazing service entirely funded by charity, but still at the beck and call of privatised government bodies is disgusting. TheReality
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10:26pm Tue 20 May 14

Moonblue says...

Totally agree. Why is it not government funded? The police helicopter is.
Totally agree. Why is it not government funded? The police helicopter is. Moonblue
  • Score: 13

9:28am Wed 21 May 14

Sogden says...

I would only be guessing but the reason they are a charity would probably be to cut the red tape and let them do their jobs, much the same as the RNLI. If they we encompassed into any emergency service they would never be able to take off due the the jokers who have made a living out of risk assessments, I mean imagine the RA in a mechanical device, flying in the sky, with an injured civilian....it would score 1000000000 on a risk matrix and grounded. Let's keep them as charity's and support them by ourselves, plus it would obviously cost 100 times more to run if the government were involved.
I would only be guessing but the reason they are a charity would probably be to cut the red tape and let them do their jobs, much the same as the RNLI. If they we encompassed into any emergency service they would never be able to take off due the the jokers who have made a living out of risk assessments, I mean imagine the RA in a mechanical device, flying in the sky, with an injured civilian....it would score 1000000000 on a risk matrix and grounded. Let's keep them as charity's and support them by ourselves, plus it would obviously cost 100 times more to run if the government were involved. Sogden
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