Shock over factory death

Wayne Potts, 35, of Normanton who died after an industrial accident at Gardiner Colours in Normanton Industrial Estate.
Wayne Potts, 35, of Normanton who died after an industrial accident at Gardiner Colours in Normanton Industrial Estate.
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A MAN was killed after being crushed by a container while working at a Normanton factory.

Wayne Potts, 35, of Normanton, was near the end of his day shift at Gardiner Colours ink manufacturing company in Normanton Industrial Estate on Friday when the accident happened.

He was taken to Pinderfields Hospital, but later died from his injuries.

His family and friends say the community has been shocked by his death.

His mother, Pat, and brother, Mathew, said: “Wayne was very much loved by his family and all his friends.

“We will have to live with a heavy heart for the rest of our lives. He will be sadly missed and we will always love him.”

Tony Thorpe, 43, lived with Mr Potts on Dalefield Avenue and worked in the same department.

He said: “It feels like I have lost a brother. Everybody is still in shock. Nobody had a bad word to say about Wayne and he never had a bad word to say about them. He worked hard and played hard.”

Antony Gatley, 35, of Normanton was a childhood friend.

He and Mr Potts attended Freeston High School and Wakefield College together.

He said: “He was my best friend and always smiled. He had a heart of gold and was impossible to fall out with.

“He was intelligent and a fantastic artist. He was the life and soul of the party.”

Mr Potts enjoyed fishing and working on his Dalefield Road Allotment. He also painted and had volunteered at Wakefield Hospice.

An inquest into his death on Wednesday heard that a vat fell onto him at around 5pm. The hearing was adjourned pending further inquiries from the police and Health and Safety Executive.

A funeral takes place at Normanton All Saints Church, High Street, on Wednesday at 1pm.

His family have asked for donations for Pinderfields Hospital Accident and Emergency department in lieu of flowers.