Update: Workman breaks leg after plunge at University of Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 18:03 05 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:21 26 October 2009

A WORKMAN plummeted 12ft into a disused boiler room and broke his leg. The engineer fell as he was trying to fix a water leak at the University of Hertfordshire, in Hatfield. The 47-year-old was left trapped at the bottom of the room.

Ambulance crews were

A WORKMAN plummeted 12ft into a disused boiler room and broke his leg.

The engineer fell as he was trying to fix a water leak at the University of Hertfordshire, in Hatfield.

The 47-year-old was left trapped at the bottom of the room.

Ambulance crews were called at 9.20pm on Saturday.

However, they were unable to rescue the Hatfield man and called for back-up from the fire service, who lifted him out via a special harness.

A university spokeswoman said: "We are shocked about the incident that took place on Saturday evening at our College Lane campus where a maintenance technician accidentally fell into a deep pit in a marked and restricted danger area.

"Although we are already looking into the cause of the accident, the Health and Safety Executive will be attending the site to carry out an independent investigation into how the incident happened.

"The technician is currently recovering from his injuries and we wish him a speedy recovery."

A HSE spokesman confirmed they were investigating and would be visiting both the university and the worker, who is in a comfortable condition, in the QE2 Hospital.

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