Man killed in 'industrial incident' at supermarket, police confirm

Police have confirmed a 58-year-old man has died following an industrial incident at a north-east Asda branch.

Police have sealed off the area.
Police have sealed off the area.

The store in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, was closed to shoppers earlier today by emergency crews.

Police and two ambulances were called to Asda at Longside Road at around 12.30pm to assist an injured man.

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Despite the 'best efforts' of those at the scene, he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Detective Inspector Sam Buchan, who is leading enquiries, said: "First and foremost, my thoughts are with this man's family at this very sad time. His next of kin has been informed.

"Enquiries are at a very early stage and we are carrying these out in conjunction with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Thank you again to the public for your patience while our investigation continues."

The store has been undergoing a major refurbishment and extension.

It is understood the incident may have happened at the site being developed for a new Click and Collect service.

Police have sealed off the area.

An Asda spokesman said: “We can confirm that our Peterhead store is currently closed due to a tragic incident on site this afternoon.

“We are working with the relevant authorities to support their investigation and our deepest condolences are with the family of the man involved.

“We’re working to support our colleagues on site and are grateful to our customers for their understanding.”

A HSE spokeswoman confirmed the organisation is working with Police Scotland