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HSE investigation into death at scrap yard

Hampshire Constabulary and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) are launching separate investigations into the death of a man crushed to death by a metal crane claw. The incident happened while he was inside a van at a Southampton scrap yard. Barry Collins, a regular visitor to the yard, is thought to have been dropping off scrap at James Huntley and Sons Scrap Metal Merchants when he went to look inside a van that was designated for scrap. While Collins was inside the van, a mechanical claw used to move large objects picked up the van. Emergency services arrived at about 11am on August 2 but Collins died at the scene. A post-mortem examination at Southampton General Hospital revealed that he died of head and shoulder injuries. A criminal investigation is not being carried out as sources said that there was nothing suspicious about the death.

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