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FATALITY: CHERRY PICKER OVERTURN

Worker tells of cherry picker “horror” during lorry loading

It has been reported by the Manchester Evening News that a workman has died after a mobile elevating work platform (Mewp) overturned on a Stockport road.

Emergency services were called to scene when the machine toppled on Wednesday morning (29/01). Police confirmed the deceased was 51 years old and that a joint investigation with HSE has been launched to discover how the death occurred.

Kitchen fitter Steven Monks told MEN that the workman was ‘crushed’ when the cherry picker toppled over while being loaded on to a truck.

He said the machine was being dropped off for another company fitting cavity wall insulation at a nearby home. He added:

“All I saw was the aftermath. At first we thought the cherry picker had just fallen over, but when we walked over the road, we saw him underneath. We went over to see if we could help, but it was too late.”

I just don’t understand how it fell on him. An anaesthetist who lives next door to where we’re working was the first out there. He was checking his pulse as we were walking up, but we were told there was nothing we could do – he was gone.”

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