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Serious Work Accident in North Iceland

Two men fell 7.5 meters off the roof of a fish processing plant in Þórshöfn, Northeast Iceland, yesterday afternoon. They first landed on a crane boom and then concrete. The men, one of whom suffered serious injuries, were both taken by air ambulance to hospital in Reykjavík.

nationalhospital-hallgrimskirkja_ipaThe national university hospital in Reykjavík (foreground). Photo copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.

Duty officer Jón Stefánsson at Þórshöfn told ruv.is that the men had been working on the roof when a cloud blocked out the sun, creating ice on the roof.

The older man, who is in his forties, slipped and fell and the younger, who is in his mid-twenties, tried to grab hold of him but fell too. Jón said they had not been on a safety line.

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