Worker crushed to death between road sweeper and tipper

The Leedale site, Heage Industrial Estate
The Leedale site, Heage Industrial Estate

A worker has died at a Ripley firm after being crushed between a road sweeper and a tipper truck.

Matthew Lambert, 38, from Chaddesden, Derby, was killed in the tragic incident at civil engineering supplies firm Leedale on the Heage Road Industrial Estate.

Police officers and ambulance staff were called to the scene at 7am on Tuesday.

A police spokesman said Mr Lambert had “suffered fatal injuries as a result of the incident involving a road sweeper and a tipper”.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A friend and colleague paid tribute to Mr Lambert. Michael Hinks, 27, of Burke Drive, Somercotes, was working the early shift at the time of the tragedy.

He said: “I just want to say how shocked we all are at Leedale.

“He was a really nice guy and I want to say how sad I am for his family’s loss.

“He will be sadly missed.” Derbyshire Police are working with the Health and Safety Executive to investigate the circumstances.

A file is also being prepared for the coroner on Mr Lambert’s death.

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), said: “The HSE is aware of the incident and we have started an investigation.

“We are working alongside Derbyshire Police, which has primacy at this stage.”

Leedale has declined to comment. The company supplies civil engineering services to the public and private sectors as well as the private construction industry.

Its services range from skip hire and waste removal, to road sweeping and earth moving.

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