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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Bell ringer flipped upside down in freak accident

    By Jonathan Brown on February 25, 2017

    Bell ringer flipped upside down in freak accident

    A man has survived a serious accident after his foot became tangled in a rope while ringing a cathedral bell.

    Ian Bowman, 51, has been left with a fractured spine after crashing around 80ft to the ground when the heel of his foot was caught in the bell rope at Worcester Cathedral on Saturday, February 11.

    Mr Bowman said: “There were 20 of us there ringing. The rope went round my ankle and it took me from standing to upside down in seconds. It just flicked me upside down – that’s what did the damage.”

    A painful injury

    Mr Bowman – a mechanic by trade – had been visiting the cathedral with 19 other campanologists, or bell-ringers, and was one of two people raising the tenor bell when the freak accident occurred.

    Emergency services attended and placed Mr Bowman on a spinal board, before taking him to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

    Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue tweeted pictures of the rescue, and Service Group Commander Grant Wills tweeted: “Technical and challenging job to rescue one male from bell tower, professional crews a credit to the community they serve.”

    Mr Bowman said: “The fire brigade came and took me down – they were amazing and the paramedics and hospital staff were excellent.”

    Despite the painful injury, Mr Bowman is still able to walk and is recovering at home in Widecombe-in-the-Moor in Devon.

    ‘Crashing down with a big bang”

    Recalling the incident, the experienced bell-ringer said: “We were raising the tenor bell, which takes two people, and the rope caught my heel.

    “It pulled me up in the air and I came crashing down on the floor with a big bang.”

    Mr Bowman re-iterated his thanks to the emergency services, adding: “It was just an accident – these things do happen sometimes in life.”

    Source: The Guardian

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    Date Published: February 25, 2017

    Author: Jonathan Brown

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