Pensioner crushed to death after crane drops heavy load

A man in his seventies has died after a heavy load fell on him from a crane this morning.

Police were called to a residential address in the Mangotsfield area of Bristol.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokeswoman 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.’

A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) confirmed: ‘HSE is aware of this incident and investigating.’

Photos from the scene show a blue crane with the branding ‘Burcombe’.

A person who answered the phone at the company this morning told they did not wish to comment.

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