A CONSTRUCTION worker helping to build the new A556 bypass has been seriously injured after machinery collapsed on site in Rostherne on Monday evening.

Two men, one in his 40s, were taken to hospital after a scissor lift overturned on the Costain building site at a bridge on the A556, near junction seven of the M56 just after 5pm.

One of the casualties has sustained leg injuries, although it the time of going to press, it was unclear what condition both men are in.

Firefighters from Cheshire and Greater Manchester were called out to the scene, as well as 11 paramedic personnel including the Hazardous Area Response Team.

Both Wythenshawe and Salford Royal hospitals were put on standby and an air ambulance was called to the scene.

Chris Burrows, community liaison manager for Costain, said: “We are aware that two contractors were injured, one seriously, while working on the A556 Knutsford to Bowdon scheme on Monday evening.

“Our thoughts are with them and their loved ones and colleagues during this difficult time and we hope they are able to make a full recovery.

“We will fully cooperate with any inquiries as a result of this incident and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

The enquiry has now been handed over to the Health and Safety Executive, who will begin their investigation into the cause of the disaster.

A spokesperson for HSE said: “Health and Safety Executive is aware of the incident.

"We are investigating and two inspectors will be visiting the site today.”

Fire crews from Cheshire deployed a specialist appliance and supporting engine, as well as the rope rescue unit and support fire engine who were sent from Knutsford fire station.

When the call was made, crews were informed that someone was trapped on the site, however when they arrived the casualties were both free.

The ambulance, which was called at 5.18pm did not leave for Salford Royal hospital until 90 minutes later after teams administered trauma care.