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The terrifying moment a worker fell from a lift at a Coventry factory and fractured his skull

This is the terrifying moment a worker fell from a scissor lift at a Coventry factory and fractured his skull. It left the electrician having to be put into an induced coma in the hospital.

The 52-year-old, who has not been named but is from Sheffield, was in the cage of a scissor lift erected at the Expert Tooling and Automation Ltd site on Sayer Drive. The Optilight Electrical Services Ltd employee had repaired lighting fixtures on site.




While in the elevator, another worker from Expert Tooling began operating a nearby overhead crane. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says they did not spot the electrician in the scissor lift.

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The crane then collided with the scissor lift, which was about 35 feet high, causing it to twist and hit nearby shelving before landing on the factory floor. The electrician fell out of the cage as he fell towards the ground, hitting his head on the floor.


It left him with a fractured skull, two brain bleeds, a broken collarbone, eight broken ribs, a broken elbow and wrist, and a punctured lung. He was later placed in an induced coma and had to undergo several operations.

The crane then collided with the scissor lift, causing the electrician to fall out of the cage as it fell towards the ground, hitting her head on the floor.(Image: HSE)

The HSE says a second worker also avoided being crushed by the scissor lift by jumping out of the way before landing on the floor. Following the incident on 21 September 2022, the HSE has launched an investigation.