TRIBUTES have been paid to a factory worker who died following an industrial incident in Wigan.
Jacek Adamowicz suffered fatal crush injuries in an incident at the Hitchen Foods factory in Ince on Wednesday.
It is believed the married father-of-one was crushed by falling boxes or pallets and only discovered 20 minutes later.
A friend, who did not want to be identified, paid an emotional tribute.
They said: “Jacek arrived in the UK looking for a better life. He worked in this factory for 10 years. He was hard-working, punctual, honest and friendly. This is a tragedy for the Polish community living in Wigan. We’ve lost a friend, brother, husband, father.”
A police spokeswoman confirmed that officers were called to the factory, on Dobson Park Way, Ince, at about 11am after receiving reports of an injured employee.
Mr Adamowicz, 29, of Higher Ince, was taken to Wigan Infirmary by paramedics but sadly died. He leaves behind his wife, Barbara, and two-year-old son, Patryk.
A joint investigation into the incident has now been launched by police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) simply confirmed that they were aware of the incident and an investigation was underway.
In a statement, a spokesman for Bakkavor, the company which owns Hitchen Foods, said: “We sadly confirm that one of our loyal and long-serving colleagues passed away following a tragic incident on site.
“We are now focused on doing everything we can to support his family and our employees during this difficult time. At Bakkavor, the health and safety of our employees is paramount. We are providing full assistance to the police and HSE and have launched an internal investigation. All of our thoughts are with the family and friends at this time.”