Teenager in horror plunge at waste site

Exterior of Blakeleys Waste Management UK
Exterior of Blakeleys Waste Management UK

A TEENAGED worker suffered serious injuries after plunging 20ft at a Wigan recycling plant.

Ben Hilton sustained multiple fractures including a head injury after falling down a chute and onto the concrete floor below at the Blakeleys Waste Management site in Bickershaw Lane, Bickershaw.

The Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation into Wednesday night’s horror incident after both paramedics and police attended the scene.

It is not the first time there has been an HSE inquiry at the site. Five years ago a Polish night shift worker was crushed to death there by a container.

The latest incident happened at around 10pm on Wednesday when 19-year-old Mr Hilton was sorting waste on a conveyor belt when, an ambulance spokeswoman says, he fell through a hole and onto hard ground below. There is some confusion over his injuries.

The North West Ambulance say that he suffered a broken left leg, pelvic injury and a head injury (the last described by a company source as a fractured jaw).

A police report says that he suffered a fractured arm and this was backed up by the company source.

Paramedics were at the scene for about 50 minutes and he was put in a neck brace and on a spinal board as a precaution before he was taken to Salford Royal Hospital.

The hospital was unable to issue any details about Mr Hilton’s condition last night but it is not thought to be life-threatening.

The company today declined to comment on the incident.