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    FATALITY UPDATE: M25 MEWP MODEL ‘GROUNDED’

    Video shows scene of cherry picker collapse alongside motorway

    The BBC has published video taken from a helicopter showing the scene of the fatality adjacent to the M25 yesterday (5 June 2013).

    Specialist website Vertikal has reported that the mobile platform involved was a Genie Z-135 owned by Kimblerly Access. The MEWP is said to be “brand new and was being “checked over” at the time of the incident.

    Following the death Kimberly Group has taken the precautionary decision to ‘ground’ the company fleet of Genie 135 machines. A notice sent on behalf of the Kimberly Group Directors states:

    “With immediate effect any Genie 135 machines on hire from either Kimberly Access Limited, 1st Access Rentals Limited or High Level Platforms Limited, are grounded and remain grounded until advised further in writing. Effective immediately we have suspended the hire of all Genie 135’s until further notice.” 

    Deceased wearing a harness and lanyard

    Vertikal also report receipt of a statement from Terex AWP stating:

    “Terex Aerial Work Platforms (Terex AWP), operating under the “Genie Industries” brand name, learned today of a fatal incident involving a user of a Genie model Z-135 boom. According to iniital reports, the user apparently was struck by a vehicle and killed after the Z-135 overturned for unknown reasons.

    Terex AWP is extremely saddened to learn of the accident. Our foremost concern at this moment is for the accident victim’s grieving family. We express our deepest condolences to the family.

    Terex AWP has dispatched technical experts to the scene and is working with experts to support the determination of the root cause of this tragic accident. We will also fully cooperate with authorities during their investigation to understand the cause of the accident.

    We now have a verbal police report that confirms that the deceased was wearing a harness and lanyard and came down in bushes alongside the motorway and was not hit by a vehicle as originally reported.”

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