Tributes paid to man who died at quarry

The entrance to Harden Quarry.
The entrance to Harden Quarry.

A 22-year-old man who died at a Northumberland quarry has been described by his employers as well-liked and highly-valued.

Adam Donaldson, from Longhorsley, was killed in a ‘fatal industrial accident’ at Harden Quarry, Biddlestone, near Rothbury, earlier this month.

He was working for Bedlington-based WL Straughan & Son Ltd at the Lafarge Tarmac-operated site when the incident happened on the morning of Wednesday, October 7.

And at the end of last week, a spokesman from environmental contracting and landscape specialists WL Straughan paid tribute to Mr Donaldson.

He said: “We are shocked and saddened by the incident that occurred on October 7 involving our colleague Adam Donaldson.

“We convey our sincere condolences and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time. Adam was a highly-valued and well-liked member of our team and a personal friend to us all.”

Unconfirmed reports suggested the incident involved a tractor falling some distance. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the police are carrying out an investigation.

Five ambulances, three fire crews and a specialist rescue unit were called to the scene, as well as police officers.

The Great North Air Ambulance was also launched, but was stood down before it reached the site.

In the days after the tragic incident, a spokeswoman for Tarmac said it was with ‘great sadness’ that Mr Donaldson had lost his life at the quarry and that ‘our thoughts are with Adam’s family, friends and colleagues’.

Meanwhile, Rothbury county councillor Steven Bridgett expressed deepest sympathies to Mr Donaldson’s family, on behalf of residents in the close-knit Coquetdale community. He also praised the emergency services who attended the scene.

WL Straughan and Tarmac have said that they are cooperating fully with the police and HSE investigation and can’t comment further at this stage.