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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.


  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)

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