Workman freed from collapsed classroom

PUBLISHED: 15:20 14 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:20 14 June 2013

Lympstone primary school on Tuesday where a workman was injured demolishing one of the old classrooms. Pictured is the site of the classrooms. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 9637-24-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.

Lympstone primary school on Tuesday where a workman was injured demolishing one of the old classrooms. Pictured is the site of the classrooms. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 9637-24-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.

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The emergency services were called to Lympstone on Tuesday when a temporary classroom being demolished collapsed on a workman.

A workman dismantling a temporary classroom at Lympstone Primary School was trapped beneath eight feet of rubble on Tuesday lunchtime after the building collapsed.

The 66-year-old man, from Teignbridge, suffered a minor ankle injury and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

The Devon air ambulance landed at the scene as a precaution because details of the man’s condition were unknown.

Firefighters spent two hours freeing the man from the rubble.

Devon and Cornwall police said the building was in the process of being demolished when it unexpectedly became unstable and collapsed.

A police spokesman said: “There was one man trapped inside by his legs, six to eight feet in rubble. He was extracted by the fire service.

“Thankfully the casualty didn’t suffer any major injuries. He’s got a relatively minor ankle injury.

“He was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by land ambulance as a precaution.

“The Health and Safety Executive was advised and will be beginning an investigation into the circumstances.”

Pupils were unaffected by the incident, police said. School staff contacted parents to reassure them of their children’s safety.

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