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Father-of-two dies from injuries weeks after crane collapse at building site

David Newall, 36, from Bradford, and 18-year-old Rhys Barker, from Castleford, both died at the scene from crush injuries.

A man has died from his injuries six weeks after a crane collapse claimed the lives of two other workers on a building site.

Father-of-two David Webb was injured after the crane collapsed on a site in Crewe, Cheshire on June 21.

The 43-year-old, originally from Northampton but living in St Neots, Cambs, was taken to hospital but has now died of his injuries, Cheshire Police said on Wednesday.

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The crane collapsed in Dunwoody Way in Crewe on June 21 (Peter Byrne/PA)

His family, paying tribute to him in a statement released through the police, said: “Dave died from doing a job that he loved and was very passionate about.

“Dave was a fun loving character who lived his life to the full. He was known for his large personality and sung his way through life.

“He will be sadly missed by his partner Nathalie, children Maisy and Charlie, his mum Jenny, his sister Julie, his brother Mark, their families and his many friends.

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David Newall, 36, from Bradford, and 18-year-old Rhys Barker, from Castleford, both died at the scene from crush injuries (Peter Byrne/PA)

“It’s a heartbreaking time for the family as we lost Dave’s beloved father Alan six days before Dave passed away.”

David Newall, 36, from Bradford, and 18-year-old Rhys Barker, from Castleford, both died at the scene from crush injuries.

Emergency services were called to the house building site, run by construction firm Seddon, at 4.30pm on June 21 following reports of a collapsed crane.

A parent and child in a house damaged by the falling crane were also taken to hospital for a check-up as a precaution but were not injured.

An investigation into the circumstances is being carried out by police in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive.

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