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Elderly crane firm worker is killed after hot tub falls on him while being lowered into a back garden

By RORY TINGLE, HOME AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT FOR MAILONLINE

  • Emergency services called to Mangotsfield in Bristol after operator was killed by the falling hot tub 
  • A neighbour said: ‘They were lowering it into the garden. I heard a load of shouting and screaming’
  • Another neighbour said: ‘I think it clipped the wall. They have been doing a lot of work in the garden’

A workman was killed today after being crushed by a hot tub which fell from a crane while being lowered into a back garden.

Emergency services were called to the Mangotsfield area of Bristol after the man in his 70s – who MailOnline understands was a member of the crane operating team – was struck and killed by the falling tub.

One lady whose house backs onto the garden said: ‘They were lowering it into the garden. I heard a load of shouting and screaming.’

Another neighbour said: ‘I think it clipped the wall. They have been doing a lot of work in the back garden. I heard and saw it all, it’s not fair for me to share any more than that.’

Emergency services were called to the Mangotsfield area of Bristol after the man in his 70s was struck and killed by a falling hot tub this morning
Emergency services were called to the Mangotsfield area of Bristol after the man in his 70s was struck and killed by a falling hot tub this morning
One lady whose house backs onto the garden said: 'They were lowering it into the garden. I heard a load of shouting and screaming'
One lady whose house backs onto the garden said: ‘They were lowering it into the garden. I heard a load of shouting and screaming’

A 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 inquiries are ongoing at the scene in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive.’

One neighbour said an air ambulance, two land ambulances, a Hazardous Area Response Team, an incident response ambulance vehicle and critical care paramedics attended the scene.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service said it received a call to Springleaze, Mangotsfield, to assist police and paramedics at 9.54am.

Burcombe Crane Hire, a Bristol-based business whose branding can be seen on the crane, said it was not yet able to provide a statement.

An air ambulance landed at nearby Barley Close Community Primary School, but has since left, along with some of the other vehicles
An air ambulance landed at nearby Barley Close Community Primary School, but has since left, along with some of the other vehicles
A 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'
A 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’
Burcombe Crane Hire, a Bristol-based business whose branding can be seen on the crane, said it was not yet able to provide a statement. Pictured is a file photo of a hot tub
Burcombe Crane Hire, a Bristol-based business whose branding can be seen on the crane, said it was not yet able to provide a statement. Pictured is a file photo of a hot tub

A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust said: ‘We were called at 9.20am to an incident in the area of Mangotsfield.

‘We attended with multiple resources including an air ambulance and the Hazardous Area Response Team.’

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), has said: ‘HSE is aware of this incident and investigating.’

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), has said: 'HSE is aware of this incident and investigating'. The lorry firm did not comment
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), has said: ‘HSE is aware of this incident and investigating’. The lorry firm did not comment

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