HSE inquiry after man trapped in machinery dies


Essex police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating a "freak" machinery accident which caused a Burnham man trapped in machinery to die.

The 63 year old, was working in the yard of the a animal feed producer when he became entangled in equipment.

Although emergency services were called, he, who gave up his 30-year job as an HGV driver after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, died shortly after the incident on 1 May.

The company, was temporarily closed as a mark of respect and to allow an inquiry into the employee's death.

A spokesman for the HSE, which is leading the investigation, said: "We are aware of the incident and are working jointly with the police. We have two HSE inspectors on site, who are finding out the circumstances."

The managing director of the company, said: "We are deeply concerned about the incident and our thoughts and sympathies are with the family."

"The emergency services are involved and a full investigation into the death is underway. The company's first concern is always the welfare of its staff and visitors and we are doing all we can to help with the inquiry."

The employee's son, who also works at the company, hoped an investigation would reveal the facts behind his father's death. "We're not quite sure what exactly happened but we'll wait until after all the investigations are completed to see what they say," he said. "If they do try and cover anything up, we'll know."

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