Crushed to death ‘by a hot tub’
Crane crewman fatally hurt as delivery ends in tragedy
A WORKMAN was killed when he was reportedly hit by a falling hot tub which had come loose from a crane lowering it into a garden yesterday.
Neighbours heard ‘a terrific crash’ then ‘a load of shouting and screaming’ at the scene of the tragedy in Bristol.
The victim is thought to have been a member of the crane’s crew who was in his 70s. No one else was hurt. The property where the accident took place had recently undergone extensive garden development, neighbours added.
A woman whose house backs onto the garden said: ‘It was definitely a hot tub. They were lowering it into the garden. I heard a load of shouting and screaming.’
Another resident, who has lived on the street for nearly four decades, said: ‘I was in my lounge and I saw
‘I heard shouting and screaming’
the crane. I called out to my husband to say come and see this huge crane.
‘Suddenly I heard this terrific crash and I knew something wasn’t right. I couldn’t see what was on the crane. Next thing, an ambulance came and police came. I’m very sorry to hear what happened.’
Another neighbour said they saw what they thought was a hot tub being lowered into the garden when it made contact with the wall of the property.
The neighbour said: ‘I think it clipped the wall,’ adding: ‘They have been doing a lot of work in the back garden.’
Burcombe Crane Hire, a Bristolbased business whose branding could be seen on the crane, said it was not able to provide a statement.
An Avon and Somerset police spokesman said: ‘We were called at 9.26am today to assist the ambulance service at a residential address in Mangotsfield after a man was seriously injured by a heavy load which had fallen from a crane.
Tragically, the man, aged in his 70s, was pronounced deceased at the scene. His next of kin have been informed and our thoughts go out to them.’
Police and the Health and Safety Executive have both launched investigations into the accident.