Air ambulance lands in Hitchin to treat construction worker at a Hermitage Road development after balcony fall

Herts Air Ambulance on Windmill Hill

Herts Air Ambulance on Windmill Hill - Credit: Archant

An air ambulance landed in Hitchin town centre on Tuesday morning after a construction worker at a Hermitage Road development plunged more than 20 feet from a balcony.

Herts Air Ambulance on Windmill Hill

Herts Air Ambulance on Windmill Hill - Credit: Archant

The man is believed to have fallen at about 9am while working on a site between Hermitage Road and Portmill Lane where flats, shops and a new hotel are being built.

The worker – described as being aged between 45 to 50 – was treated at the scene by the Herts Air Ambulance crew and the ambulance service before being driven to Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

Eyewitness Phil Powell, manager of Hermitage Road estate agents Mather Marshall, said: “The air ambulance very skilfully landed down at the bottom of Windmill Hill overlooking Hermitage Road before the three-man crew ran off towards Portmill Lane.”

Initial reports indicated the injured man was working on the construction of the Premier Inn site on Portmill Lane but a spokesman for the company told the Comet: “The site is in two parts. One being for residential and one for a Premier Inn Hotel.

Herts Air Ambulance on Windmill Hill

Herts Air Ambulance on Windmill Hill - Credit: Archant

“Chiltern Developments is the developer of both parts.

“The construction team member was working on the residential scheme.”

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Chiltern Developments, which is developing the site at the former sorting office for commercial and residential use, did not offer a comment when contacted by the Comet.

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said: “If an injury is not fatal those responsible for the site have up to 10 days to inform us of the details.”

The man’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and police are not treating the incident as suspicious.

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