A TEENAGE worker was killed when he was struck by machinery at the Port of Sunderland.
The victim, aged 19, was working at the port’s South Docks yesterday when the piece of metal fell on him, leaving him with fatal chest injuries.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an immediate investigation into the death of the man, who is yet to be named.
The accident happened at 10.45am at the Wear Dock and Engineering Company.
The air ambulance was called as emergency services tried in vain to save the man.
A spokesman for the service said: “We attended because of the seriousness of his injuries. The man was treated at the scene by paramedics and a doctor.
“He was also given advanced treatment on board the helicopter, to give him the best chance of survival, but tragically it has ended this way.”
The man was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, but rescue crews said it was too late to save his life.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Police were informed by the Ambulance Service of metal falling on a 19-year-old man causing chest injuries at Wear Dock, South Dock, Sunderland.
“He was taken to the RVI by air ambulance where he subsequently died from his injuries.”
A spokesman for the HSE added: “An inspector has been on site and an investigation is ongoing.”
No one from the Wear Dock and Engineering Company was available for comment today.
The firm is part of UK Docks Marine Services
It offers dry dock and afloat facilities for design, construction, repair and engineering to marine, offshore and industrial companies throughout the world.
UK Dock Marine Services recently rebranded from Tyne Slipway and Engineering Co.
Just yesterday it reported the value of its contracts and dry-dock usage were at an all-time high.