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Halstead factory pays tribute to employee who died following industrial incident


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


Employee Martyn Hartnell died during a work-related incident at food Hand 2 Mouth Ltd. An investigation into the incident is underway.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (3490277)
Employee Martyn Hartnell died during a work-related incident at food Hand 2 Mouth Ltd. An investigation into the incident is underway.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (3490277)

A business has paid tribute following the death of an employee at its factory in Halstead last week.

Martyn Hartnell, 44, died after he suffered serious injuries during an incident at food manufacturer Hand 2 Mouth Ltd on the Bluebridge Industrial Estate on Monday, July 30.

An investigation has been launched to determine the circumstances of the fatal incident.

A spokeswoman from Essex Police said: “Police are investigating the circumstances of a work related death at an Industrial Estate in Halstead.

“A man, aged in his 40s, suffered severe injuries during an industrial incident on July 30 and sadly died.

“A post mortem examination will be conducted in due course.

“His death is not currently being treated as suspicious and Health and Safety Executive have been informed.”

Employee Martyn Hartnell died during a work-related incident at food manufacturer Hand 2 Mouth Ltd. An investigation into the incident is underway.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (3490275)
Employee Martyn Hartnell died during a work-related incident at food manufacturer Hand 2 Mouth Ltd. An investigation into the incident is underway.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (3490275)

A spokeswoman from the Health and Safety Executive said: “HSE is aware of the incident and working with the police who have primacy on the investigation.”

The 44-year-old factory worker joined the company as an agency employee 14 months ago and secured a permanent job as a forklift truck driver.

The factory, which produces Eat Natural among other brands, closed temporarily following the incident.

In a statement, the factory which has since re-opened, paid tribute to Mr Hartnell.

Employee Martyn Hartnell died during a work-related incident at food manufacturer Hand 2 Mouth Ltd. An investigation into the incident is underway.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (3490276)
Employee Martyn Hartnell died during a work-related incident at food manufacturer Hand 2 Mouth Ltd. An investigation into the incident is underway.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (3490276)

“We are all heartbroken to have lost Martyn,” said Praveen Vijh, co-founder of Hand 2 Mouth.

“He was a much valued and respected employee, and his colleagues loved working with him.

“We are all slowly returning to work after a couple of days’ closure, which we decided to do on Monday as a mark of respect.

The company will organise a memorial in honour of Mr Hartnell.

“We’ve also set up a memorial committee, a team of people who will be creating an event at which we can all remember Martyn,” added Mr Vijh.

“We send much love to his family at this upsetting time.”



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