WORKERS have spoken of their shock after a 50-year-old man was killed in a tragic industrial accident at a scrapyard in Portsmouth.
The man was working at Tipner Scrapyard off Twyford Avenue, Stamshaw, when he was killed after he was struck by a piece of equipment attached to a crane at around 12.10pm on Wednesday.
Details have only just been released by police.
Another man was also hurt in the accident.
His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Darrick Bubel, 38, a labourer for Stayton, a company which runs a scrapyard near to Tipner Scrapyard, described the moment he saw emergency services rushing to the scene.
He said: ‘I saw a big crane move and assumed it was just working. Then all of a sudden I saw a number of police and ambulance vehicles rushing to the scrapyard.
‘Some of us were then called in for a meeting and told that someone had been killed.
‘It was very shocking to hear.
‘It must be incredibly hard for the man’s family. It’s only a month until Christmas now.’
Another worker for Stayton, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘I knew the guy fairly well. We used to say a few words to each other in passing and he seemed nice enough.’
Hampshire police confirmed they are working with the Health and Safety Executive in investigating the circumstances surrounding the man’s death and whether the scrapyard is safe.
A Health and Safety Executive spokesman said: ‘A joint investigation is underway with the police.’
Tipner Scrapyard is closed in the meantime and The News understands it could take months to complete a report. The scrapyard could re-open sooner if a single piece of machinery is to blame and removed. The Portsmouth and south east Hampshire coroner has been informed.
Julie Knight, a spokeswoman for Hampshire Constabulary, said: ‘Police can confirm they are investigating the death of a man after a suspected industrial accident. The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.’