A ROOFER has died after falling from scaffolding on a house.
The 23–year–old worker – employed by Wensley Roofing, based in Chester-le-Street – was part of a Gentoo team working on a property when he fell on February 19.
He was flown by air ambulance to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary in what was described as a “serious” condition.
Police have today confirmed that the worker died in hospital yesterday.
A spokesman from Northumbria Police said: “We can confirm that the 23-year-old man injured after falling from a ladder, on St Cuthbert’s Avenue, Horsley Hill, South Shields, on Wednesday, February 19, died at the RVI yesterday.
“The death has been referred to the coroner.”
John Craggs, deputy chief executive of Gentoo Group, said: “We continue to work closely with the Health and Safety Executive and all other parties. We offer our sincere condolences to his family”.
The incident happened when the team were working was on a house in St Cuthbert’s Avenue, Horsley Hill, South Shields.
Gentoo is Sunderland’s biggest landlord, having taken over the city’s council housing in 2001.
The firm also works on private projects, carrying out work and building properties for sale, and takes on contracts outside the area.
The incident is still being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
A spokeswoman for the (HSE) said: “Inspectors were on-site following the incident to carry out preliminary investigations.
“We can confirm we are still investigating the incident.”