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Man crushed to death by forklift

Scottish Ambulance Service
The man was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by ambulance

An investigation has been launched after a worker was killed by a forklift truck at a West Lothian meat factory.

George Hardie, 60, was working in the Halls of Broxburn yard in East Main Street on Tuesday afternoon when he was crushed by the vehicle.

Mr Hardie was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by the Scottish Ambulance Service where he was pronounced dead.

Halls of Broxburn is owned by the Dutch company Vion Food Group.

Halls spokesman, Rob Smith said: "Mr Hardie had been a colleague for close on 16 years, working as a team leader in the goods inward department.

"All our thoughts are with Mr Hardie's wife, family and friends at this very trying and difficult time.

"This incident is now under investigation by the police and the Health and Safety Executive and site management is co-operating in the investigation of the incident."

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