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Swift Caravans worker killed in horrific crash with forklift truck is named

A Swift Caravans worker who died after a collision with a forklift truck has been named. Paul Heath, 64, tragically died after being hit by the vehicle at the company’s base in Dunswell Road, Cottingham[1], on Tuesday. Tragically, he died just a few days before his 65th birthday, which would have been tomorrow (Sunday).

His devastated family have said: “He was deeply loved by the whole family.” The grandfather was set to retire at the end of the month and his death left fellow employees “shocked.”[2] After his death, Nick Page, who is the commercial director for Swift Caravans, said the firm’s thoughts are with Mr Heath’s family and friends.

Police attended the incident

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Page said: “They left him yesterday morning expecting to see him again last night and that did not happen.

We are in close contact with them. “For those people that witnessed the accident, counselling has been offered. Staff were asked to come in later, at 10am on Wednesday.

“Managers arrived earlier. A team briefing was then held.” Witnesses to the tragedy have since been interviewed by Humberside Police[3] and the Health and Safety Executive.

James Turner, the company’s managing director, said: “At this stage it is too early to establish how the incident occurred, but Swift Group will be cooperating fully with any investigation that is launched.”

Managing director of the Swift Group, James Turner, confirmed the man's death outside of the site on Tuesday afternoonManaging director of the Swift Group, James Turner, confirmed the man’s death outside of the site on Tuesday afternoon

Tributes poured in for Mr Heath following his death as co-workers paid their respects to a “popular” colleague. One Swift employee said: “He was a nice guy, just a really nice guy. He was meant to be retiring in two or three weeks.

It’s so sad. “It’s just a sad, sad day when a guy has lost his life and there was absolutely no need to. “He was very well regarded by everyone who worked here and he was a decent guy – everyone really got along with him.”

People also paid their respects on social media following Mr Heath’s death.

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One person said: “So sad that poor man’s gone to work like every other day and something so tragic happens.

R.I.P, thoughts are with the family at this very sad time.”

Mr Heath’s name was released by Hull Coroners Court[4] after an inquest into his death was opened and adjourned on Friday morning.

References

  1. ^ Cottingham (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ his death left fellow employees “shocked.” (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  3. ^ Humberside Police (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  4. ^ Hull Coroners Court (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)

Swift Caravans worker killed in horrific crash with forklift truck is named

A Swift Caravans worker who died after a collision with a forklift truck has been named. Paul Heath, 64, tragically died after being hit by the vehicle at the company’s base in Dunswell Road, Cottingham[1], on Tuesday. Tragically, he died just a few days before his 65th birthday, which would have been tomorrow (Sunday).

His devastated family have said: “He was deeply loved by the whole family.” The grandfather was set to retire at the end of the month and his death left fellow employees “shocked.”[2] After his death, Nick Page, who is the commercial director for Swift Caravans, said the firm’s thoughts are with Mr Heath’s family and friends.

Police attended the incident

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Page said: “They left him yesterday morning expecting to see him again last night and that did not happen.

We are in close contact with them. “For those people that witnessed the accident, counselling has been offered. Staff were asked to come in later, at 10am on Wednesday.

“Managers arrived earlier. A team briefing was then held.”

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Witnesses to the tragedy have since been interviewed by Humberside Police[3] and the Health and Safety Executive. James Turner, the company’s managing director, said: “At this stage it is too early to establish how the incident occurred, but Swift Group will be cooperating fully with any investigation that is launched.”

Managing director of the Swift Group, James Turner, confirmed the man's death outside of the site on Tuesday afternoonManaging director of the Swift Group, James Turner, confirmed the man’s death outside of the site on Tuesday afternoon

Tributes poured in for Mr Heath following his death as co-workers paid their respects to a “popular” colleague.

One Swift employee said: “He was a nice guy, just a really nice guy. He was meant to be retiring in two or three weeks. It’s so sad.

“It’s just a sad, sad day when a guy has lost his life and there was absolutely no need to. “He was very well regarded by everyone who worked here and he was a decent guy – everyone really got along with him.” People also paid their respects on social media following Mr Heath’s death.

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One person said: “So sad that poor man’s gone to work like every other day and something so tragic happens.

R.I.P, thoughts are with the family at this very sad time.”

Mr Heath’s name was released by Hull Coroners Court[4] after an inquest into his death was opened and adjourned on Friday morning.

References

  1. ^ Cottingham (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ his death left fellow employees “shocked.” (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  3. ^ Humberside Police (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  4. ^ Hull Coroners Court (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)

'The truck hit us again and again': Retirees describe the horrifying moment a 'stolen' semi-trailer ploughed into their car before bursting into flames and leaving a town …

  • A quick coffee stop ended up leaving a couple in the firing line of a ‘stolen’ truck
  • Tony and Jenny Deakin were ploughed into by semi-trailer in Singleton last week
  • Seconds after getting into their car, Mr Deakin saw a truck ‘roaring’ behind them
  • Another eight were injured in the horrific crash which replicated a ‘war zone’

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Ordering an egg and bacon roll with their takeaway coffee could have been the saving grace for one couple who were caught up in a terrifying truck crash in NSW.

Retiree Tony Deakin and wife Jenny were caught in the violent firing line of an allegedly stolen semi-trailer which hurtled down the main street of Singleton, NSW last week.

The runaway semi-trailer ploughed into a number of cars, cafes and pubs at 100km/h before bursting into flames, leaving behind what resembled the set of a Hollywood war movie.

Retiree Tony Deakin (left) and wife Jenny (right) were caught in the violent firing line of an allegedly stolen semi-trailer which hurtled down the main street of Singleton last week

Retiree Tony Deakin (left) and wife Jenny (right) were caught in the violent firing line of an allegedly stolen semi-trailer which hurtled down the main street of Singleton last week

The semi-trailer (pictured) ploughed into a number of cars, cafes and pubs at 100km/h before bursting into flames, leaving behind what resembled the set of a Hollywood war movie

The semi-trailer (pictured) ploughed into a number of cars, cafes and pubs at 100km/h before bursting into flames, leaving behind what resembled the set of a Hollywood war movie

Mrs Deakin, a childcare worker, survived the horrific crash after being airlifted to hospital in a critical condition as her husband was also rushed to hospital in a critical condition

Mrs Deakin, a childcare worker, survived the horrific crash after being airlifted to hospital in a critical condition as her husband was also rushed to hospital in a critical condition

Mrs Deakin, a childcare worker, survived the horrific crash after being airlifted to hospital in a critical condition as her husband was also rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

On their way to Newcastle for a medical appointment, the couple aged in their 60s stopped at a cafe along the way but never got a ‘drop of coffee’.

Seconds after getting into their car, Mr Deakin heard a noise, then saw the truck ‘roaring’ behind them, according to The Daily Telegraph[2].

‘Then all hell broke loose. It smashed into the back of us and spun us around,’ he said.

‘We got pushed and we went one side of the big telegraph pole and the truck went the other side of the big telegraph pole.

‘We bounced off the wall and came back out off the footpath and then it hit us again. It collected us and spun us around again.’

On their way to Newcastle for a medical appointment, the couple aged in their 60s stopped at a cafe along the way but never got a 'drop of coffee'

On their way to Newcastle for a medical appointment, the couple aged in their 60s stopped at a cafe along the way but never got a ‘drop of coffee’

Seconds after getting into their car, Mr Deakin heard a noise, then saw the truck 'roaring' behind them,

Seconds after getting into their car, Mr Deakin heard a noise, then saw the truck ‘roaring’ behind them, according to Daily Telegraph

'We bounced off the wall and came back out off the footpath and then it hit us again.
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pIt collected us and spun us around again,' he said

‘We bounced off the wall and came back out off the footpath and then it hit us again.

It collected us and spun us around again,’ he said

Another eight people were injured during chaotic crash on George St, Wednesday October 11

Another eight people were injured during chaotic crash on George St, Wednesday October 11

The retiree told the publication it was like a ‘war zone’ and they were lucky not to be dragged with the truck as it burst into flames, however their car was written off.

Mrs Deakin had a suspected broken pelvis, but was later discovered to not be fractured while her husband suffered bruising down his body.

Another eight people were injured during the chaotic crash on George St, Wednesday October 11.

Debbie Anderson, 59, was also taken to hospital following bruising on her arms and legs after getting caught in the shocking crash.

Ms Anderson told Daily Mail Australia last week the accident happened so quickly and all she could see was the truck coming towards her.

‘The truck drove the red car [into my car], ploughed it like it was ploughing a field,’ she said.

Mrs Deakin had a suspected broken pelvis, but was later discovered to not be fractured while her husband suffered bruising down his body

Mrs Deakin had a suspected broken pelvis, but was later discovered to not be fractured while her husband suffered bruising down his body

The retiree told the publication it was like a 'war zone' (pictured) and they were lucky not to be dragged with the truck as it burst into flames, however their car was written off

The retiree told the publication it was like a ‘war zone’ (pictured) and they were lucky not to be dragged with the truck as it burst into flames, however their car was written off

29-year-old Rod Johnson allegedly stole the semi-trailer full of fertiliser from a petrol station while the driver was paying for fuel more than 100km away from Singleton

29-year-old Rod Johnson allegedly stole the semi-trailer full of fertiliser from a petrol station while the driver was paying for fuel more than 100km away from Singleton

‘I’d been thrown sideways … all I could see was dust, I didn’t know if it was smoke.’

Ms Anderson said she forced her car door open and was then looked after by some people at a nearby cafe until paramedics arrived.

‘There was police and people everywhere … the truck ended up down further probably 100 metres away,’ she said.

‘It was something you would see in the movies.’

29-year-old Rod Johnson allegedly stole the semi-trailer full of fertiliser from a petrol station while the driver was paying for fuel more than 100km away from Singleton.

Police deployed road spikes on the outskirts of the NSW town before the truck rumbled down the main street.

Johnson was charged with multiple offences over the incident.

Johnson (pictured being arrested) was charged with multiple offences over the incident

Johnson (pictured being arrested) was charged with multiple offences over the incident

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References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ The Daily Telegraph (www.dailytelegraph.com.au)