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Police investigate agency worker death

A man in his 20s has died following an accident at a confidential data shredding facility run by Restore Datashred in Crayford, Kent.

Emergency services were called to Optima Park in Thames Road at 1pm on Tuesday 9 October following reports of an injured man.

Metropolitan Police attended with the London Ambulance Service and found a man suffering from head injuries. He was taken by air ambulance to a nearby hospital but later died of his injuries.

Police said his next of kin have been informed and a post mortem will take place “in due course”. Police are continuing with their enquiries and no arrests have been made.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is working alongside the police, who are still leading the investigation. A HSE spokesperson said: “We are aware of this incident and assisting police with their enquiries.”

Local newspaper the News Shopper reported that the accident involved a forklift.

Restore Datashred released the following statement: “We can confirm that an agency worker working for Restore was involved in a fatal accident at our Crayford facility on Tuesday afternoon. The police and emergency services were in attendance, and an investigation is underway to determine the cause.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Restore Datashred had moved to the Optima Park site only about a month ago and its official opening was meant to be today (17 October). The company left a smaller 18,000sq ft site, also in Crayford, which had capacity to shred 400 tonnes a week while its new 65,000sq ft site can shred 500+ tonnes a week.

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