A CLEANER who fell 50ft down a lift shaft at a shopping centre has died.
Contractor Paul Dolphin was working at the Newlands centre in Kettering last Sunday when the accident happened.
He was treated at the scene before being airlifted to the Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry suffering from a fractured skull, a broken ankle and broken ribs. He died at the hospital on Friday.
Mr Dolphin worked for Swindon firm SAS UK Ltd.
The company was not available for comment when contacted by the Evening Telegraph on Sunday.
A spokesman for the shopping centre said: “It is with regret that the owners of Kettering’s Newlands Shopping Centre, P R Kettering Ltd, can confirm the death of a contractor working on site.
“The cleaning contractor, Paul Dolphin, suffered an accident on Sunday, April 22, and was immediately transferred to Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry. Regrettably, his death has since been confirmed by the hospital.”
Mark Robinson, from PR Kettering Ltd, said: “First and foremost this is a human tragedy and our thoughts and sympathies go out to Paul’s family at this most difficult time.”
Following the fall Mr Dolphin, 34, from Wiltshire, was stablised by attending emergency services before being released from the lift and placed on to an air ambulance soon after 4pm.
Two air ambulances landed in the town centre following the man’s fall.
Police closed Northall Street before cordoning off an area around the lift.
Centre managers then made the decision to close the centre so paramedics could treat the man.
Three teams of firefighters were also called to help free the man from the basement of the shaft.
Using ropes, they hauled the man on to a stretcher where he was stabalised and then sent off to hospital.
Health and safety officers at Kettering Council immediately launched an initial investigation into what had happened.