A worker run over and killed by a forklift in an early
morning industrial accident in Christchurch today has been
Anthony Stephen Wells, 47, was working at Busck Prestressed
Concrete Ltd at Annex Rd when the accident happened about
Police and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment are both investigating what led to the
Christchurch man's death.
The driver of the forklift vehicle, known as a Merlo, alerted
emergency services to the accident on Annex Rd, Detective
Sergeant Chris Power said.
"They were getting ready for the day and removing a vehicle
from a shed and the idea was to park it in the rear yard," he
"Unfortunately, it was an area the deceased had walked in to
and wasn't visible."
The driver and other colleagues immediately called an
ambulance and gave first aid but Mr Wells was pronounced dead
at the scene by an attending paramedic.
A police scene examination at the site was completed this
The death has been referred to the coroner and a post-mortem
examination is expected to be done tomorrow.
Workers at the factory were today still in shock over what
"It's too early to make comment," said one colleague.