Chorley worker killed by lightning

Justin Feber, who was killed by a one in ten million lightning strike

Justin Feber, who was killed by a one in ten million lightning strike

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A freak one in ten million lightning strike killed a Chorley worker while he was drinking a cup of tea.

Dad of one Justin Feber was working at a building site in Crewe for Chorley based contractors Matthews and Leigh Civil Engineering Ltd when the accident occurred shortly before 1.30pm on April 11.

Colleagues of Mr Feber rushed to the aid of the 41-year-old after seeing a flash and hearing a loud bang . But they were unable to do anything to help him.

Mr Feber, a former Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School pupil from Haslingden, died in Leighton Hospital Crewe, shortly after being struck at the Bovis Home construction site .

It is believed he was taking a break and drinking a cup of tea when the accident happened.

Many staff have been deeply affected by the accident, with one man being taken to hospital after suffering from shock.

A spokesman for Matthews and Leigh said: “All staff at Matthews and Leigh have been profoundly upset and shocked by this tragic event and we send our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

“He was well–liked, highly professional and held in high regard by those who worked with him. Our thoughts are with all who knew him at this very sad time.”

Bovis Homes, who subcontract work out to Matthews and Leigh, added: “Everyone at Bovis Homes is deeply saddened by this tragic incident and we extend our sincere sympathies to this man’s family and friends.

“Our thoughts are with them and with his colleagues who were with him on site and responded immediately to the incident.

“They have obviously been deeply affected by this and we will look to support them in any way we can.”

Police were called to the scene and confirmed that were no suspicious circumstances.

A spokesman for Cheshire Constabulary said: “At 1.28pm on Wednesday 11 April 2012 emergency services were called to Abbey Park Way, Wychwood Village, Crewe following the report of a man being struck by lightning.

“A 41-year-old man from Haslingden in Rossendale who had been working on a building site was treated by paramedics at the scene.

“Sadly, he died a short time later at Leighton Hospital.

“A second man suffering from shock was also taken to Leighton.

“A file was prepared for the coroner.”

An inquest was opened yesterday.