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Holbeach Bank growers pay tributes to worker after tragic death

An investigation into the death of a man at a vegetable growers in Holbeach Bank has been ruled out as it was not "work-related".

Tributes have been paid to the man who suffered a heart attack while working at DGM Growers and whose funeral will be held on May 1.

Paramedics and an air ambulance were called to the site, off Roman Bank, where the man was taken ill on April 7.

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Simon Scott, general manager of DGM Growers, said: "Our first aiders acted swiftly and professionally to do everything they could to help him.

"The emergency services arrived quickly but the man died, despite everyone’s best efforts.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time."

A Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance spokesman said: "We were dispatched to a medical emergency shortly before 10.50am.

"Our air ambulance arrived on scene in just 16 minutes, a journey that by land could have taken almost an hour.

"On arrival, our crew treated a patient but they were not require to airlift and returned to base at 12.20pm."

The man was employed by the firm through Wisbech-based employment agency The Workshop.

Managing director Ruth Whitehurst said: "The man died of a massive heart attack which was very unexpected and this has been confirmed by the coroner.

"DGM Growers were fantastic, the first aiders and other staff could not have done enough to help and try to keep him alive, unfortunately, to no avail.

"The site held a minute's silence as a tribute to him and he leaves his 91- year old father who wrote a letter of thanks to DGM Growers for the help his son received when he collapsed."

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) spokesman said: "We made enquiries into the incident but as the death was found not to be work-related, HSE is not investigating."

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