Bacton Gas Terminal in Norfolk was the scene of a tragic incident that occurred at the beginning of March this year, when a man fell from a crane at the gas site. The gas terminal accident occurred on a Saturday at approximately 9.15am. Emergency services were called to the scene and the man, Mr David Eastick, was taken by air ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. However he could not be saved and he later died at around midnight that night.
It is not currently known what occurred to lead to the fall. The Health and Safety Executive is now investigating the incident to determine what happened. No suspicious circumstances have been attributed to the accident, and the exact cause is still being sought. An official statement made by Quinto Crane and Plant Ltd., who employed Mr Eastick, stated the facts as they were known and announced the sad news of Mr Eastick’s passing. No further comment would be made while the HSE investigation was taking place. The fall was thought to have been from a height of around 10 feet, and the man suffered head injuries as a result. In time the HSE will present their findings.
How severe can falls be?
A fall could occur from a fairly low height or from a much higher position. The height itself may not always determine how likely someone is to survive it. The way a person falls can determine the outcome. Unfortunately this case resulted in a loss of life. As yet the exact circumstances are not known. It has shown however how emotional and upsetting the outcome of such a fatal occurrence can be for those who are left behind who knew the deceased individual. In this case nothing could be done to save the man.
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Date Published: April 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen