Victim Of Burning Waste Truck Fatality Identified

Peter Coleman has been identified as the man who died after becoming trapped under a burning waste disposal truck in Watford.

Mr Coleman, 54, died in hospital hours after becoming trapped under the waste disposal truck he was driving during a collection at Woodside Leisure Park on Saturday, October 11.

It’s believed Coleman, from Dunstable in Bedfordshire, exited the truck before it rolled on to him. As a result of the incident, the truck caught fire.

The truck was carrying industrial and chemical waste. At around 6:30am nearby residents heard what they described as a “massive bang”.

Emergency services were called to the scene. Coleman was flown by air ambulance Watford General Hospital but was later pronounced dead.

Tony Goodman, operations director of Cawleys, told the Watford Observer his driver was on a routine pick-up of chemical waste and recyclable material from the site off the Kingsway North Orbital 
Road when tragedy struck.

A Hertfordshire Police spokesman at the time: “The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been informed and police are working with the HSE to establish the facts of what has happened.”

An investigation led by Hertfordshire Constabulary is ongoing.

The identification comes days after the Health and Safety Executive announced the overall trend for injury numbers in waste and recycling over the last few years is falling.

But it is still “much higher” than in the agriculture and construction sectors, it said.


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