Tribute after Sunderland businessman dies in forklift accident

A print company boss has died after a forklift truck accident in Sunderland this morning.

Martyn Young was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) after the accident at the Precision Printing site on Sunderland Enterprise Park around 8am.

Martyn Young

Martyn Young

Mr Young founded First 2 Print, which was taken over by London-based Precision Printing in 2014.

Group Commercial Director Paul Mason confirmed this afternoon that Mr Young had died as a result of his injuries.

"There was an incident that took place this morning," he said.

"The company is working with the police and the Health and Safety Executive with their investigation. I believe it is now being handled by the HSE.

The scene at Precision Printing's site this morning

The scene at Precision Printing's site this morning

"With great sadness, I can confirm Martyn did pass away this morning in hospital at approximately 9.30am.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends."

Emergency services were to called to the company's industrial unit on Sunderland Enterprise Park at around 8am today.

A Great North Air Ambulance spokesman confirmed that they had been called to the scene and Mr Young by road to the RVI: "We were called at 8.10am and airlifted one person from the scene in the Sunderland area to the Royal Victoria Infirmary," said a spokesman.

One worker at the scene said: "We heard someone had an accident with a fork-lift truck and had been taken to hospital.

"There were loads of police and emergency services around here this morning, it looked like a very nasty accident.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: "Emergency services were called to Sunderland Enterprise Park in Sunderland at 8.23am on Friday, February 17, following reports of a man with injuries involving a forklift truck.

"Police are working with the HSE to investigate the incident."

A spokesman for the HSE said: "We are aware of this incident and we are assisting the police with their enquiries at this time."

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