Crane Accidents

Man Crushed to Death by Telehandler


gloucestershire, UK

A man was killed after he was crushed by a telehandler at an engineering firm in Gloucestershire.

A recent report on the local website,, says that 64-year old Spencer Powles died in hospital almost two weeks after the industrial accident on October 24th at Complete Utilities in Maisemore, Glos, where he worked as a mason after recent transferral to the firm.

Police officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary and health and safety chiefs have launched an investigation into what happened, and have arrested a 39-year old man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

The accident victim was a bar steward at the village’s rugby club and a well-known figure in the community.

Jamie Elsmore, manager of Berry Hill RFC, said the whole community was in shock over the death of ‘a gentleman’: “It was just a completely freak accident and we were keeping everything crossed for him that he could make it. He had a fantastic sense of humour and a really cracking personality. The fact he was bar steward at the club was testament to how well he got on with people, he brought a lot of smiles to everybody.”

Following the accident, Spencer was taken to Frenchay Hospital, but died over the weekend of November 3rd and 4th.

Complete Utilities managing director Steve Chaplin said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with his friends and family.”

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