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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Barrow man dies in industrial accident

A 37-YEAR-OLD man has died following an industrial accident in Barrow.

Police said the man, from Barrow, was involved in an incident where a steel unit, which was being lifted by a crane, appears to have fallen at Meeting Industrial Estate in Park Road, yesterday. (Monday March 12)

Paramedics attended and the North West Air Ambulance’s helicopter was also called. The man was taken to Furness General Hospital by road but later died.

He has been named locally as Andy Bowes. Friends have been posting tributes to family man Mr Bowes on the internet and social media.

Speaking at the scene, one nearby business owner, who did not wish to be named, said he was shocked by the incident.

Barrow police said they were called to the scene at 1.22pm. Police cars were used to block the entrance to the industrial estate while the man was being treated by paramedics.

An investigation has since been launched by police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the coroner has also been informed.

The following tributes were posted in memory of Mr Bowes on the Evening Mail’s website last night. Marc said: “Such a sad day to hear this. Andy was a great friend and a massive family guy. Knew him for years through school. Another one of the good ones gone. R.I.P. mate.”

A colleague said: “Such a shock, news of this tragic event circulated fast round our place of work, as one of the men involved was a much respected former colleague of ours.

“Thoughts go out to the family and friends of the man that died. So tragic.”

Steven said: “R.I.P Andy. I just can't believe you are gone. My thoughts are with all your family at this time. I will never forget you mate. Sleep easy bud.”

The HSE said the incident happened during a lifting operation outside the site of Larkin Engineering Service Ltd.

A spokesman said: “Two Health and Safety Executive inspectors have visited the site and an investigation is taking place.”

Police said a second man, aged 31, was also injured and was taken to FGH with non-life-threatening injuries, understood to be an arm injury.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said: “We can’t comment on this particular tragedy but our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the man who lost his life.

“Work-related deaths have been falling in the UK in recent years although there was a disappointing rise in 2009/2010 to 2010/2011 and nearly half of the fatalities last year happened in just two industrial sectors; agriculture and construction.”

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i will never forget you uncle andy,your always in my heart,also,thank you to all the readers of the evening mail for posting such nice comments,we all apreciate you kindness:)

Posted by brogan bowes on 16 March 2012 at 10:46

Sorry to hear about this tragic accident. I knew Andrew when he lived in Devon Street as a child. I lost my brother last year at a young age, Andrew would have known him also. My sincere condolences to his wife and family.

Posted by Colin Beckman on 13 March 2012 at 22:59

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