A MAN has been rushed to hospital under police escort after his arm was severed in a serious industrial accident at Magellan Aerospace. 

A man in his 20s, whose arm is believed to have been completely cut off, was taken to Southampton Hospital around 1pm with a police escort in attendance to clear roundabouts and keep the way free of traffic.

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and inspectors are already on site beginning and investigation.

Mary Walker, HR manager for the company, confirmed there had been an accident. She told the Echo: “Incidents like this happen very rarely and we certainly want to get to the bottom of it.

"A rigorous investigation has begun and we are working with the Health and Safety Executive. Our thoughts are with the injured employee and their family.”

A spokesman for South Western Ambulance service said: “We received a call at 12.34pm to a patient at a Bournemouth address with serious arm injuries. A male in his mid 30s was admitted to Southampton General.”

A spokesman for Dorset Police confirmed that they had been called to provide a fast escort for an ambulance to Southampton Hospital at 12.57pm today.

The condition of the injured man is not known at this time.

Magellan is an international business which provides aerospace systems and components, including for the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 helicopters and military vehicles.