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Work-related accident crushes Kent dustman to death

The death of a dustman in a work-related accident horrified householders who watched as fire fighters tried to free him from the crushing mechanism in the back of the collection vehicle.

The lorry accident, which shocked villagers in Eastry, near Sandwich, Kent, occurred when the 44-year-old worker was emptying household bins but became trapped in the metal jaws of the compactor.

The victim, who was employed by SITA to collect refuse on behalf of Dover District Council, died at the scene from severe injuries to his head and body.

A spokeswoman for the company said counselling was being offered to members of staff. "Our thoughts and condolences are with our employee's family and friends at this incredibly difficult time," she said.

An investigation by inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive has begun and if someone is found to be liable for the work-related accident, then the dependents of the victim may wish to consult a no win no fee solicitor with a view to making a compensation claim.


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