Crane company boss killed in accident

September 28 2021

The crane outside a house in Springleaze, Mangotsfield as investigations were carried out

The crane outside a house in Springleaze, Mangotsfield as investigations were carried out

A MAN has died after a crane carrying a heavy load tipped over while he was working at a house in Mangotsfield.
Michael Burcombe, who was 73, is understood to have died in an accident involving a crane which was lifting a hot tub from the front to the back garden of a house in Springleaze.
An air ambulance landed at nearby Barley Close Primary School and several other ambulance crews were sent to help.
However Mr Burcombe died of his injuries at the scene of the incident, which happened at around 9.20am on September 13.
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 to the back.
Mr Burcombe was a director of Burcombe Crane Hire Ltd, a family-run company which was registered to an address in Mangotsfield but operated from a base in Coalpit Heath, near Yate.
He is understood to have been in the business for more than 40 years.
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 with the 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.”