Man plunges 15ft through roof at business park unit

RESCUE The air ambulance lands at St Christoper's in Fareham
RESCUE The air ambulance lands at St Christoper's in Fareham
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A ROOFER is today recovering in hospital after plunging 15ft whilst on a job.

Robert Zwyczyk was taken to hospital by air ambulance after falling through a skylight at the Kiln Acre Business Park on Wickham Road in Fareham.

The 57-year-old has suffered two broken legs as well as fractures to his skull, pelvis and wrist.

Mr Zwyczyk had been part of a four-man team from Focus Southampton Ltd replacing the roofs on empty units at the business park when the accident happened.

Perry Grant, the owner of Focus, drove to Fareham from his Southampton base as soon as he heard and said: ‘I’m told that instead of using the scissor lift he walked up the back and onto the top of the roof. From what the guys tell me, he stepped back and went through a skylight.

‘He was conscious and trying to get up so we’re hoping he’ll be alright, apart from the broken bones.’

South Central Ambulance Service confirmed they had received a call at 1.33pm and had a rapid response vehicle on site within five minutes.

A regular ambulance and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulance were also sent. The helicopter, as shown in the picture, landed in the grounds of the neighbouring derelict St Christopher’s Hospital.

Mr Zwyczyk was taken to Southampton General Hospital.

A hazardous area response team was sent because of concerns about asbestos in the roof.

A spokesman from the service described Mr Zwyczyk’s condition as ‘serious.’

The police cordoned off the scene for the rest of yesterday as they examined the site.

The Health and Safety Executive has also begun its own investigation into the incident.

Mr Grant added: ‘We’ll obviously have to stop the job until we get the OK to carry on from the police and the HSE.

‘This is the first time something like this has happened to us and we’re all just hoping Robert’s alright.

‘He’s been working for me on and off for about four years and he’s a lovely guy – very hard working.

‘I’ve spoken to Robert’s wife and I believe she’s going to the hospital to be with him.’