Dad-of-three, 73, killed after being crushed by hot tub as it fell from crane while being lowered into garden


A PENSIONER killed after being crushed by a hot tub as it fell from a crane has been named regionally as dad-of-three Michael Burcombe.

The 73-year-old died on the scene of the accident in Mangotsfield, Bristol, shortly ahead of 9.30am yesterday.

Dad-of-three Michael Burcombe was killed after a hot tub fell from a craneCredit: Facebook
He died at the scene at a property in Bristol
He died on the scene at a property in BristolCredit: SWNS

It is assumed Michael was working with the crane on the time of the incident, and the hot tub was being delivered into the garden of a property.

Pictures from the scene present the crane has ‘Burcombe Crane Hire’ branding – the corporate which Michael headed.

Neighbours witnessed the horror second, claiming that it clipped the wall ahead of dropping.

One talked about: “That’s what it looked like from where I was. I think it clipped the wall. They have been doing a lot of work in the back garden.

“I heard and saw it all, it’s not fair for me to share any more than that. All I will say is they are neighbours who live behind me.”

Another resident talked about: “It was positively a hot tub. They we’re reducing it into the garden.

“I heard a load of shouting and screaming.”

An Avon and Somerset Police spokeswoman talked about: “We were called at 9.26am to assist the ambulance service at a residential address in Mangotsfield after a man was seriously injured by a heavy load which had fallen from a crane.

“Tragically, the actual particular person, aged in his 70s, was pronounced deceased on the scene.

“His subsequent of kin have been educated and our ideas exit to them.

“Police inquiries are ongoing at the scene in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive.”

A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive confirmed it was investigating the incident.


Avon Fire and Rescue Service furthermore attended to help police and paramedics.

A spokesperson added: “Crews from Kingswood and Avonmouth supported emergency service colleagues by working to make the gear secure following police investigations.

“Our thoughts go out to the man’s family and friends at this sad time.”

A spokeswoman for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust talked about: “We were called at 9.20am to an incident in the area of Mangotsfield.

“We attended with multiple resources including an air ambulance and the Hazardous Area Response Team.”

Police rushed to the scene in Mangotsfield
Police rushed to the scene in MangotsfieldCredit: SWNS

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