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Ian joined Informa (formerly UBM) in 2018 as the Editor of SHP. Ian studied journalism at university before spending seven years in online fantasy gaming. Prior to moving to Informa, Ian worked in business to business trade print media, in the automotive sector. He was Online Editor and then moved on to be the Editor of two publications aimed at independent automotive technicians and parts distributors.
August 26, 2021

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Construction worker hospitalised after lift crush incident

A construction worker has been injured after he became trapped under a lift on a construction site in Edinburgh.

A subcontractor is being treated in hospital for suspected broken ribs after becoming trapped under a low-level lift on a construction site on Princes Street, Edinburgh, on Wednesday 26 August.

The incident happened just after 15:00 at the site for the new Johnnie Walker building, a whisky tourist attraction which is due to open next week.

The man was given prompt first aid on site, before being taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Local reports suggest that it was a disability lift which trapped the worker, and that people were seen trying to free the man, before firefighters arrived.

The attraction is part of a £150m investment by Diageo, which will see the building transformed, with bars, eating areas and live performance zones. It’s managed by construction firm, Bam.

A Diageo spokeswoman told the BBC: “Unfortunately a subcontractor to our principal construction partner was involved in an incident on site, becoming trapped when commissioning a low-level lift.

“Thankfully, due to quick actions of co-workers on site, the person was released quickly and given prompt first aid. The person concerned is currently in hospital with broken ribs and our thoughts are with him and his wellbeing.

“Our principal contractor and Diageo take the health and safety management of the site extremely seriously and all the necessary investigations are being carried out. We cannot comment further at this stage.”

A spokesperson for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 15:09 on 24 August 2021 to attend an incident at the Johnnie Walker building on Princes Street, Edinburgh.

“Three resources, including a critical care paramedic, were dispatched to the scene and the patient was transported to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.”

A Health and Safety Executive spokeswoman said: “HSE is aware and making inquiries.”

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