A RAIL worker suffered serious injuries after he got an electric shock at a construction site in Basingstoke.

Emergency services were called to the new Network Rail regional control and training centre in Gresley Road, Basing View, to a contract member of staff who had been injured in what the British Transport Police described as a “work-related accident”.

The 50-year-old man from Gosport was taken to Southampton General Hospital and treated for burns following the incident shortly after 4pm yesterday.

He remained at the hospital today with burns to his face.

It is thought he had been helping to erect a lamppost at the site when it hit an overhead cable.

A Health and Safety Executive spokesman confirmed it had been informed of the incident and was “making enquiries”.

A Network Rail spokesman said: "A contractor working on Network Rail's new control centre in Basingstoke was injured yesterday afternoon while working on the site, managed by BAM Construction.

"An investigation will be carried out and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed. Our thoughts are with him and his family."

In a statement, BAM Construction said: "We confirm that there was an accident on our Basingstoke site late on Monday afternoon, where we are working for Network Rail.

"We deeply regret this has happened, and our thoughts are with those affected.

"We are carrying out an urgent investigation into this incident, together with our client."