Aviation Worker Dies in Factory Accident

A 47-year-old aviation worker from Cambridge died following a crushing incident Saturday afternoon in a factory run by CAV Ltd near Newmarket Road in Cambridge. According to reports, the employee was trapped under “a piece of heavy metal”. The ambulance service has stated that the injuries he suffered were internal and traumatic. His body has not yet been identified.

CAV Ltd is an aerospace manufacturing firm, the factory in question stores components for aircraft wings. The Marshall company, who leases the factory to CAV, was alerted to the accident and offered assistance at the scene to police and paramedics.

Terry Holloway, a spokesman for Marshall said –

“Our security staff assisted the emergency services with handling the accident and we also provided medical assistance from within Marshalls.”

An East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust Spokeswoman has said paramedics were contacted at 1.23pm about a man who had been crushed by heavy metal material and could not be accessed easily. Sent to assist at the scene were a clinical manager, a double-staffed ambulance and an air Fire and Rescue.

A helicopter crew from the emergency medical charity Magpas were also sent to the location of the accident to aid the crushed man; however he later died at the scene. Police were at the site over the weekend and an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive was also carried out. The Civil Aviation Authority has been informed about the death.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police stated – “We are working with the Health and Safety Executive to look at the circumstances around the incident to see if any offences have been committed.”

Owen McFarlane, CAV Ltd group chief executive, said that the man who died was an agency worker from another company. He was working at the time that the accident occurred. He went on to say that the company are co-operating fully with the investigations and that condolences go out to the deceased aviation worker’s family.