AN INVESTIGATION into how a visually impaired man fell down an lift shaft in Worcester is still ongoing.

Perdiswell Leisure Centre was forced to close after a visually impaired man in his 50s was injured when he fell down a lift shaft on Friday, May 26.

He was left with potentially serious injuries after falling one floor at the sports centre on Bilford Road.

The gym re-opened the following day and an investigation was immediately launched. 

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Perdiswell Leisure Centre is owned by Worcester City Council and is operated by Freedom Leisure.

A spokesperson for Worcester City Council said: "The investigation into this incident is being carried out by Worcestershire Regulatory Services, at the direction of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

"We will not be commenting further while the investigation is carried out.

"Worcester City Council, as the owner of Perdiswell Leisure Centre, is communicating directly with Freedom Leisure, which contractually operates and manages the building on the Council’s behalf, to ensure the site has all necessary systems and processes in place to ensure it provides a safe and accessible environment for all those who use it."

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The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety.

An HSE spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident and currently assisting the local authority with their investigation providing specialist support.”