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Death of contractor at Ikea store

24 October 2016

An incident in the early hours of the morning of 19 October resulted in the death of a contractor working at the Ikea Reading store.

It was reported by the Reading Chronicle that all three emergency services had attended the store.

The incident involved a hydraulic lift, which the worker was working on in the store's loading bay, according to Safety & Health Practitioner.

Ikea UK and Ireland deputy retail manager Javier Quinones said: "We are very saddened to confirm that this morning a contractor died in an incident on our site in Reading.

"The safety and security of everyone on our premises is always our highest priority and we are now supporting the Thames Valley Police with their investigation."

The police confirmed that no arrests had been made and further investigations were continuing.

These will also involve actions by local authorities, with the Reading Chronicle reporting that the Health and Safety Executive had confirmed this, although it would provide assistance if requested.

The store, in Pincents Lane, Reading was closed after the incident but has since reopened.

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