A construction worker gored in a collision with a girder at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham has undergone emergency surgery.
The man, believed to be in his 20s and from Walsall, is thought to have been at the wheel of a small digger removing rubble from the mac theatre in Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, just before 3.15pm.
His stomach was pierced, but he was freed by the time paramedics arrived.
An ambulance, rapid response vehicle, incident support officer and the County Air Ambulance from RAF Cosford were all despatched.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews found a man on a small digger. The man had been in collision with a metal girder. It is believed he was using the digger to remove rubble from inside the theatre when the collision happened.
“He suffered a significant puncture wound to his abdomen. The man was free from the girder when crews arrived.
“Crews administered pain relief and oxygen and dressed the man’s wound before carefully moving him onto a spinal board where he was immobilised with a neck collar.
“He was then transferred by land ambulance to Selly Oak Hospital while receiving further treatment from the County Air Ambulance paramedic who travelled with him.
“The hospital was alerted to the man’s arrival and serious condition and it is believed he is undergoing surgery.”
A spokeswoman for contractors Thomas Dale refused to comment on the collision, but added: “We need to carry out a full assessment first. There have been no other accidents.”
The arts centre closed on April 6 for the start of a major refurbishment project.