Angus man dies in quarry accident

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A FRIOCKHEIM quarry accident claimed a man’s life last week.

The accident which occurred at around 11.30 a.m. on Thursday took place at the David Geddes quarry by Friockheim.

According to reports the emergency services were alerted after the 25 tonne dumper truck which the man was driving reversed and toppled into the quarry.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics the 76 year old driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Although formal identification of the deceased has not been released by the police he has been named locally as Joseph Troup of Padanaram.

The access roads to the quarry were closed by Tayside Police to allow emergency services and investigators to work undisturbed.

Firefighters and police in fluorescent safety gear were all over the quarryside next to the accident and two firefighters in an aerial extension unit could be seen working on the cab of the downed truck.

As with all industrial accidents the incident has been reported to the Health and Safety Executive for investigation.

A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive said: “HSE is aware of the incident and is making preliminary inquiries in conjunction with Tayside Police.”

At this stage of the inquiry HSE investigators will be collecting witness statements and documentary evidence, and will specifically be looking at any way in which this accident may have been avoided.