Worker killed by forklift truck

A WORKER died yesterday when the forklift truck he was driving toppled over and crushed him.The accident happened at about 12.45pm at a warehouse on a Chelmsford business park.

By Roddy Ashworth

A WORKER died yesterday when the forklift truck he was driving toppled over and crushed him.

The accident happened at about 12.45pm at a warehouse on a Chelmsford business park.

Firefighters using airbags and cutting equipment worked for just over 15 minutes to release the man but despite the best efforts of ambulance crews and paramedics they were unable to save him.


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The tragic events happened at a premises in the Dukes Park Industrial Estate in Montrose Road.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a man trapped under a forklift truck which had toppled over on to its nearside.

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“The man is understood to be in his early 30s and is believed to have been driving the forklift.

“Crews did what they could for the worker as efforts were made to lift the machinery off him.

“Once free, ambulance staff assessed his condition but unfortunately it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Everything possible was done by workers, ambulance crews and fire staff to try and save him - crews worked as fast as possible despite the difficult conditions but sadly it was all in vain.”

A spokesman for Essex Fire and Rescue Service said that two fire crews from Chelmsford and a dedicated rescue tender from Colchester had been sent to deal with the incident.

“Obviously any accident like this is very distressing for everybody involved,” she said.

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