BBC under investigation after worker injured
A man in his 30s who was working for the BBC was found with severe injuries after falling 30 feet from a lighting grid at a film studio. The man was taken to St Mary’s Hospital for specialist treatment after a doctor, an ambulance team and two rapid response vehicles assessed the workplace accident.
Hertfordshire police were called to the Elstree Studios on Nov. 18 after the incident was reported. A spokesperson said that the Health and Safety Executive had been notified and that the police did not believe that the incident was considered suspicious.
The emergency services have not commented on the man’s current condition, but a spokesperson has confirmed that he had fallen several metres after falling from the internal ceiling grid and had sustained injuries considered to be life threatening. It is not known if the man was working alone when the accident happened.
The Shenley Road studios, home to a number of popular television shows and films, redirected questions about the incident to the BBC. A spokesperson for the BBC declined to make any comment about the workplace accident, but the organization released a statement saying that the company’s thoughts were with the man’s family and friends and noted that the incident was under investigation.
An employee who has an accident on the job may be entitled to compensation for damages stemming from the incident. In many cases, an injured worker may be able to pursue action against an employer because employers are required to provide training and maintain standards regarding health and safety. Failure to fulfil these duties may result in liability for an injured worker’s injuries.
Source: Borehamwood & Elstree Times, “BBC under investigation as worker seriously injured after fall from internal ceiling at Elstree Studios“, Victoria Oliphant, December 08, 2014