Two men injured in structure collapse at Falmouth Docks

Scene of the accident in Falmouth Emergency services were called to the scene in Falmouth

Two men have been injured after a steel structure collapsed at Falmouth Docks in Cornwall.

It happened at about 10:00 BST but the extent of the men's injuries are not yet known.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said they believed the structure was next to a building that was being worked on.

Emergency services are at the scene and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

'Heard sirens'

The Cornwall Air Ambulance said "two patients had been injured by a large piece of metal".

One patient was airlifted to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, and the other casualty was taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro by land ambulance, the helicopter operator said.

A&P container on Falmouth Docks. Pic: Andrew Segal A&P Falmouth runs the docks

In a statement, Peter Child, managing director at A&P Falmouth, the company which runs the docks, said: "Just after 10am today an incident occurred in the steel stock area at A&P Falmouth, where part of a steel rack collapsed. It resulted in serious injuries to two employees.

"Cornwall Air Ambulance, a land ambulance and fire crews from Falmouth Fire Station attended. Both injured members of staff have been taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske. The thoughts of everyone at A&P Falmouth are with them."

The company said it would be conducting a full investigation into the circumstances of the incident.

Katrina Allan, who lives near the docks, said: "I heard sirens so I went to have a look.

"I saw a fork lift and poles everywhere."

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