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Culina Logistics chief pays tribute to employee who died after industrial accident at its Haverhill warehouse

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The chief executive officer of Culina Logistics has paid tribute to its member of staff who died in an accident at the firm's Iceni Way warehouse in Haverhill.

Steve Winwood's statement was released just minutes ago and less than an hour after Suffolk Police confirmed a man in his 40s had died at the scene after the incident on Thursday afternoon.

Mr Winwood said: "On behalf of the Culina Logistics business and further to the statement made yesterday, it is with the deepest regret that I am now in a position to confirm that a serious accident occurred on 22nd November 2018, which tragically resulted in the fatality of a Culina Logistics employee, Mr. Dzintars Klementjevs at our Haverhill site.

"Dzintars had worked with the company for sic years in total, initially through an agency and then appointed directly, and was a highly valued and respected member of the warehouse team. He will be sadly missed.

"Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this extremely sad time.

"The Management Team is cooperating fully with the authorities to establish the circumstances surrounding this tragic accident."

Police had earlied confirmed that a man has died at the scene following an industrial accident at Culina Logistics in Haverhill yesterday.

A police spokeswoman said: "A man, in his 40s, had suffered fatal injuries and had died at the scene.

"Next of kin have been informed. No one else was injured and there is no wider threat to the public.

"Officers are continuing to investigate alongside colleagues from other organisations.

"Emergency services are still at the scene."

A spokesman for Suffolk Police had said this morning: “Police were called to attend a premises in Iceni Way, Haverhill at 1.44pm yesterday where an incident occurred. Officers are continuing to investigate alongside colleagues from other organisations."

Culina Logistics in Iceni Way, Haverhill. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE.
Culina Logistics in Iceni Way, Haverhill. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE.

A spokesman for Culina had confirmed this morning that 'an incident occurred on 22nd November 2018 at the Culina Logistics depot in Haverhill. An update will be provided later today.'

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service also added this morning: "We were alerted to a serious incident at a warehouse in Iceni Way, Haverhill shortly after 1.30pm yesterday and have responded with ambulance crews, the Hazardous Area Response Team and East Anglian Air Ambulance.

"The incident is ongoing and we remain at the scene with other emergency service colleagues dealing with the incident."

Three fire crews also rushed to the warehouse.

The accident was reported to the Health and Safety Executive, but its spokesman told the Echo that it falls under the jurisdiction of the local authority, St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury Council said the matter is still in the hands of the Police and once they have finished their investigation the course of action to be taken will become clearer.

More updates as we have them.