Coalpit Heath company boss died in crane accident

September 29 2021
Coalpit Heath company boss died in crane accident

A COALPIT Heath company boss has died after a crane carrying a heavy load tipped up as he was working with it.

Michael Burcombe, who was 73, is understood to have died as a crane was lifting a hot tub from the front to the back garden of a house in Springleaze, Mangotsfield.

Mr Burcombe was a director of Burcombe Crane Hire Ltd, a family-run company based in Coalpit Heath.

He is understood to have been in the business for more than 40 years.

An air ambulance landed at nearby Barley Close Primary School and several other ambulance crews were sent to help after the accident, which happened at around 9.20am on September 13.

However Mr Burcombe died of his injuries at the scene.

The road outside the house was cordoned off afterwards, as a police and Health and Safety Executive investigation got underway.

Officials examined the crane, which was parked in a driveway at the front of the house, with its arm extending over the back garden.

An inquest into Mr Burcombe's death opened today and was adjourned until next year.

An Avon and Somerset police spokesperson said: “We were called at 9.26am to assist the ambulance service at a residential address in Mangotsfield, after a man was seriously injured when a crane tipped while manoeuvring a heavy load.

Tragically, the man, aged in his 70s, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

"His next of kin have been informed and our thoughts go out to them.

"Police enquiries are ongoing at the scene in conjunction Health and Safety Executive."

A South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust spokesperson said: "We attended with multiple resources including an air ambulance and hazardous area response team."

A Health and Safety Executive spokesperson said: “HSE is aware of this incident and investigating.”

Burcombe Crane Hire Ltd has its registered office in Mangotsfield but is run from Coalpit Heath.

Mr Burcombe's family do not wish to speak publicly at this stage.