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Biffa launches inquiry following driver death

A 58-year-old Biffa employee in Edinburgh has been killed after trying to stop his refuse vehicle from rolling out of a car park and into a busy road.

The company said it is carrying out a full internal investigation into the incident, which occurred during a collection at Hawes Pier in South Queensferry on 22 November. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Edinburgh police said the man was injured during the incident and later died in hospital from his injuries.

Sergeant Brian Smith, of the Edinburgh Road Policing Unit, said: “He was crushed against the wall by the lorry, which then hit a parked Jaguar car before rolling across the road and mounting the pavement, demolishing a bench and fencing before it came to rest hanging over the edge of the pier.

“Although this is a busy road, with a number of pedestrians in the area at the time, fortunately no one else was injured.”

A Biffa spokesman said: “This tragic incident has shocked everyone at Biffa and we send our heartfelt condolences to the family and close friends.

“Naturally, we will work with the police to try to understand the circumstances behind the incident, whilst also carrying out our own full internal investigation.”

Earlier this year Biffa relaunched a safety campaign to reduce the number of injuries and ‘near misses’ bin crews experience due to dangerous driving.

 

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