Man killed after ‘traumatic’ injury at Norfolk skip hire firm

Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating after a man was killed at the site of a skip hire firm in Norfolk on Monday (15 May).

James Criddle, 29, from Watton, was working at Baldwins Skip Hire in the Norfolk village of Besthorpe when he was involved in the fatal accident. Though details have not been officially confirmed, staff at the site have reportedly said that the incident involved Criddle’s arm becoming caught in machinery.

The East of England Ambulance Service was called to the site at 1.14pm on Monday after reports that a man had suffered a ‘traumatic’ injury. Despite effort from an ambulance crew and the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Criddle died at the scene a short time later.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service was also in attendance to assist the ambulance and police services.

Officers from Norfolk Constabulary are now working with the Health and Safety Executive to establish what events led to the man’s death.

Commenting on the incident, Chief Inspector Paul Wheatley, District Commander for Breckland Norfolk, said: “It’s an industrial incident resulting in a tragic fatality. We have put a seal in and we are working with the Health and Safety Executive to work out the chain of events.”

A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive added: “HSE is aware of this incident and inspectors have attended the scene. However Norfolk Constabulary has primacy for the investigation and we are assisting the police with these enquiries.”

Baldwins Skip Hire has been in operation for over 20 years and offers a range of skips for commercial and individual use.

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