AN engineer at Royal Oldham Hospital has died in a tragic accident while working on a lift.

The incident occurred at around 9.30am on Monday, according to reports.

A spokesperson from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said: “Just after 9am on Monday, February 22 one fire engine from Gorton station and the Technical Rescue Unit from Ashton station were called to an incident at Royal Oldham Hospital.

"Fire crews were in attendance for around six hours.”

The North West Ambulance Service have also confirmed they attended the incident.

David Jago, chief officer for The Royal Oldham Hospital, said on the day of the incident:“Officers from the Fire Service and Greater Manchester Police are currently on site at The Royal Oldham Hospital following a tragic accident [this morning] involving one of our lifts that an maintenance engineer contractor was working on.

"Sadly, we can confirm that the engineer suffered serious injuries and has sadly died. His family have been informed and are being supported."

He added: "This news has come as an awful shock to everyone who works at the hospital and our thoughts and condolences are with his family and colleagues.”

Mr Jago confirmed investigations were ongoing to "understand the circumstances surrounding the accident and to ensure the area is safe."

The Health and Safety Executive has been notified.