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A bricklayer lay critically ill in hospital this week after he fell headfirst on to an iron spike from collapsing scaffolding on a house conversion job in Selby, North Yorkshire.Arthur Butterworth, 46, was impaled last week on a 10 cm point that formed part of an ornamental shoe cleaner near the doorway of the house being converted into flats for the Chantry Housing Association. He was working for Wakefield contractor E Hepponstall at the time.His workmates saw him struggle in agony after the spike pierced his skull.Mr Butterworth managed to free himself from the spear, which was taken to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield so surgeons could assess the damage to his head.His condition was described as critical but stable. A hospital spokeswoman said: 'Two inches either way and he would have died instantly.'The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the accident. CONSTRUCTION NEWS