An Amey refuse collection crew worker has been killed in a collision with a refuse truck while collecting waste from properties in Daventry on Friday (8 April).
Kane Beard, 22, from Daventry, had been working as part of a four-man collection crew when the incident occurred on Ashby Road at its junction with Langdon Close shortly before 9.45am.
Police, ambulance and fire crews all attended the scene.
An investigation has now been launched into how the collision occurred in conjunction with the Health & Safety Executive. Northamptonshire Police is appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who may have information to come forward.
Amey handles household waste and recycling collections in Daventry under a contract procured jointly with Northampton council which is due to expire in 2018.
Recycling is collected from a red and blue box while refuse is emptied from a 240-litre wheeled bin on alternate weeks. The service also includes a weekly food waste and fortnightly garden waste pick up.
Rob Edmondson, director of Environmental Services at Amey, confirmed that collections ceased for the rest of Friday in order to support employees affected by the incident.
Speaking on Friday, he said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm that one of our employees has died this morning. We are unable to provide further details about this incident at present, however our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family and friends affected, and we are working with the police to establish how this tragic event has taken place.”
Ian Vincent, chief executive of Daventry district council, added: “We are shocked and saddened by this terrible, tragic incident during today’s bin round in Daventry. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the crew member’s family, friends and colleagues at Amey.”