Kiwi man killed in horrific workplace accident in the UK

Scapa HQ in Bedfordshire.
Scapa HQ in Bedfordshire. Photo credit: Google Maps

A man reported to be a New Zealander has died in a horrific accident at a UK factory.

The BBC reports the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigating the accident, which occurred at the Scarpa UK plant in Bedfordshire on Tuesday night (local time).

Representatives for the company, which makes adhesive based products for healthcare and industrial uses, say they're working with authorities to work out precisely what happened.

"We are deeply saddened by the incident and extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased," a spokesperson said.

NZME reports the man was a New Zealander who had been pulled into machinery at the factory.

Fellow New Zealander based in the UK, Janine Barrett told NZME the man had recently returned from a holiday in his hometown of Auckland.

"His workmates are devastated. He was a really nice man," she said.