A MAN has died in a terrible crushing accident at the car breakdown firm where he worked.
The victim, who has yet to be named, was hosing down a car transporter vehicle at Ontime Automotive’s head office in Pasadena Close, on the Pump Lane Industrial Estate, Hayes.
He was standing on the bottom deck when the top tier collapsed on top of him, on Friday at around 8.30am, say police.
Fire crews, paramedics, an air ambulance and police were called to the scene.
A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said the man, aged 49, went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ontime confirmed he was one of their employees and added that the company’s ‘deepest condolences’ went to his family and friends.
Staff at Ontime are also being offered support.
Officers from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) were on site over the weekend, and the Metropolitan Police is leading the investigation.
No one has been arrested and police say they are treating the death as ‘unexplained’.
The man had not been identified at the time the Gazette went to press, but next of kin have been informed.
The post-mortem examination was held yesterday (Tuesday) at Uxbridge Mortuary, in Kingston Lane, and an inquest will take place in due course.
Justin Brinklow, managing director of Ontime Automotive, said in a company statement: “Ontime Automotive was saddened to hear of the fatal accident involving a member of our staff, who was working at the Hayes site.
“Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time. We are cooperating with the police and authorities to ascertain the full facts following the incident, and offering support to our staff.”
He said Ontime could make no further comment until the police inquiry had concluded.
Ontime Automotive has more than 500 UK staff and operates 400 vehicles, offering breakdown recovery, car transportation, servicing and parking enforcement.
The Hayes site is the company’s headquarters. It also has service centres in Buckinghamshre and Essex.
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