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    FATALITY: WORKMAN DIES ON MAJOR RETAIL STORE

    Repair work on hydraulic goods lift ends in tragedy

    It has been reported by the Sun that a workman has died whilst working on a hydraulic goods lift in the loading bay at the rear of the store in Reading, Berks. The store has been open for three months. Thames Valley police are investigating the death with Environment Health Officials.

    The Sun states that Ikea has confirmed the man was working on a hydraulic goods lift at the time of the incident.

    Thames Valley Police said:

    “We attended the scene, where sadly a man had died. The fire service also attended. No arrests have been made. Officers remain at the site while an investigation is carried out, and the store is currently closed.”

    Ikea  Deputy Retail Manager confirmed the death saying:

    “The third-party contractor was undertaking works on a hydraulic goods lift in the loading bay at the back of the store.

    The safety and security of everyone on our premises is always our highest priority and we are currently supporting the contractor, Thames Valley Police and Environment Health Officers with their investigation and the store will remain closed today.

    At this stage we cannot comment any further on the cause of the incident until we have the results of the investigation. Our thoughts are with the individual’s family and colleagues at this time.”

    West Berkshire Council told the Sun:

    “An investigation is already underway and the council’s Environmental Health Team are working closely with the police.”

     

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