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FATALITY: LIGHTNING STRIKE ON HOMEBUILD PROJECT

Bricklayer dies in ‘freak’ lightning incident during site tea break

It has been reported by the Crew Guardian that a workman on a homebuild project has died in a lightning strike on Monday 16th April 2012 whilst drinking a cup of tea on a Crewe building site.

Bricklayer Justin Feber from Lancashire was struck during a break on a Bovis Homes Development project.  Colleagues saw a flash of lightning and heard a loud bang shortly before Mr Feber collapsed.

Co-workers of sub-contractor Matthews and Leigh Civil Engineering Ltd rushed to administer first aid but despite their efforts and medical attention from paramedics Mr Feber died a short time later in hospital. A second man was also taken to hospital suffering from the effects of shock.

Not something HSE would normally investigate

Andy Leigh, managing director of Matthews and Leigh Civil Engineering Ltd said:

“All staff at Matthews and Leigh have been profoundly upset and shocked by this tragic event and we send our sincere condolences to Justin’s family and friends. Justin was well liked, highly professional and held in high regard by all those who worked with him. Our thoughts are with all who knew him at this very sad time.”

A spokesman from Bovis Homes said:

“Everyone at Bovis Homes is deeply saddened by this tragic incident and we extend our sincere sympathies to this man’s family and friends. Our thoughts are with them and with his colleagues who were with him on site and responded immediately to the incident. They have obviously been deeply affected by this and we will look to support them in any way we can.”

HSE are aware of the incident and a spokesman said:

“This incident is not something the HSE would normally investigate because it was the result of a freak natural occurrence.”

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