An apprentice engineer has died after being crushed in a parking barrier accident on an industrial estate in Derbyshire. Will Page, who was 22 at the time of his death, was leaving the car park of a garage on the industrial estate when the barrier swung into the windscreen of his van. The windscreen was broken and the barrier crushed Mr Page.
A Health and Safety investigation is underway to determine exactly what happened and to identify whether any health and safety laws or regulations have been broken. Mr Page was delighted at the news his fiancé Rachael Cross was expecting his baby. While the pregnancy is in its early stages Ms Cross has undergone a scan since her fiancé’s death and will put a copy of the picture in Mr Page’s coffin when he is buried.
Mr Page was said to be a car fanatic and was known to be enthusiastic about repairing vehicles. In tribute to his loss, around 90 car enthusiasts formed a procession past his home shortly after his death, to pay their respects in a unique way. Mr Page lived with his fiancé at his father’s house.
Are parking barriers safe?
This is an obvious question that should be asked after such an incident. Some barriers are designed to rise up to allow a car to go through, while others swing open and can be secured when not in use, or closed when no cars are allowed to be driven into or out of a particular area. While the HSE is investigating the circumstances of this particular case, it should be noted the vast majority of barriers are indeed safe and should not cause any incidents like this one. It is very rare that something like this would happen.
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Date Published: April 19, 2015
Author: Rob Steen