Tributes to Colin Reddish from Grantham employer and friends after death in industrial accident

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Parker Hannifin have paid tribute to employee Colin Reddish, who was killed in an industrial accident on Thursday.

In a statement the company said: “The whole Parker team is deeply shocked and saddened at the loss of our employee, colleague and friend in the industrial accident of 30 April 2015 at our Grantham manufacturing location.

“Colin was a popular and much-loved character both in and out of work. He is fondly remembered as man that could turn his hand to anything.

“Passionate about his motorbikes, he was known to be good humoured, happy to help anybody who needed it and very much took life in his stride.

“He will be very deeply missed. Our heartfelt thoughts are with Colin’s family and friends at this saddest of times.”

Colin, 48, from Grantham, sadly died after becoming trapped under machinery at the hydraulics equipment company on Thursday morning.

Others have taken to Facebook to pay their respects to Colin, also known as Sooty.

Zachary Selby wrote: “So sad to hear, he was vice coach for our football team, such a nice guy great personality wouldn’t hurt a fly! Heaven gained another angel! I’ll have a drink to you Colin! R.I.P”

Mandy Whitehead said: “Remember him growing up with my 2 brothers. He was with my youngest brother the weekend he died. It’s like I’ve lost another brother now, so sad, RIP colin xxx”

Emailing the Journal, Amanda Covell wrote: “I remember the great times at the electric social club we all had growing up, with myself, Anthony, Clive and Paul. A great loss. Sincere wishes to the family. We are thinking of you.”

If you would like to send us your tributes you can also do so by emailing

Lincolnshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive continue to investigate the cause of the tragedy.