Tributes paid to man who died after being hit by excavator while working in skip yard

A 42-year-old man who was working at an industrial estate in Greater Manchester died after being hit by an excavator vehicle. 

Hundreds of people took to Facebook to pay tribute to John Graveson following the tragedy in Tameside on Friday morning (March 3).

Lisa Hogson said: “RIP John Graveson. Have some great memories.” Carl Hill posted: “Such a top fella.” Nephi Ashton said: “Gutted to hear of the passing of big John Graveson. Top fella and great guy, RIP pal.”

Mark McCraken posted: “RIP John Graveson. The man was a legend.” He described John as ‘fun, bubbly and always laughing and smiling’.

“Our hearts go out to all his family and to [those] who knew him,” Mr McCraken added.

Kevin Burgess wrote: “Another brother taken far too soon.” Ryan Blacklock posted: “Rest easy big man. Until we meet again… LEGEND.”

John was sadly pronounced dead at the scene, Greater Manchester Police said.

A 33 year-old man – the driver of the vehicle – was arrested on suspicion of gross negligence and manslaughter and was taken to custody for further questioning and subsequently released under investigation.

An investigation with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been launched to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

In a statement, AMP Skip Hire, the firm involved said: “We are all devastated that the accident on Friday 3 March has claimed the life of our friend and colleague John Graveson.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family and friends. John was always hard-working and enthusiastic in everything he did. He was a ray of sunshine with a heart of gold. He will be sorely missed by us all.

“The police and HSE are now investigating what happened and we are fully committed to helping them in any way that we can.”

PICTURE: Emergency services were called to the industrial estate on Friday morning (Image: Manchester Evening News Media)

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