Tributes have been coming in for a car mechanic who was crushed to death by the vehicle that he was working on.
On Friday 1 May Kevin Paget, of Culham Drive, had been working on a Honda Accord that was due to undergo an MOT when it slipped off the jack, the Maidenhead Advertiser reported. The 52-year-old was crushed underneath the car and despite paramedics being called and working for over an hour, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
When working under cars, mechanics put their trust in the safety of equipment and unfortunately incidents like this do occur, which is why car garages ought to have employer's liability cover as part of their combined motor trade insurance policy - this will offer financial protection in case a member of staff is injured at work. Equipment cover will also ensure pieces of heavy machinery are checked regularly, thereby making the work environment safer while it also avoids the blame lying with the bosses for a lack of care.
Mr Paget's partner Theresa Snow told the newspaper: "I am just absolutely devastated... I'm sure he is up there catching up with his dad and sister, and looking down on me to make sure I'm alright."
Mrs Wenborn, a neighbour, added that Mr Paget had a "heart of gold". "He was a very, very helpful man," she said. "If there was anything wrong with my house he would be out there mending it."