Family's tribute to 'devoted' dad-of-two and 'proper joker', 34, killed after cherry picker struck overheard power cable

A HEARTBROKEN family has paid tribute to a "devoted" dad-of-two who died after a cherry picker hit an overhead power cable.

Carl Paul Parsons, 34, was at work on an industrial estate in Willand, Devon, when he was electrocuted and died at the scene.


The tragic incident occurred on Monday 1 June on the Willand Biogas site in Devon where Carl worked.

Police were called to the industrial estate following reports that two men operating a cherry picker had been severely injured when it collided with an overhead electricity cable.

Carl, from Plymouth, was pronounced dead at the scene, while another colleague, 32, was rushed to hospital.

Carl's devastated family has since paid tribute to the "most loving, devoted husband" to wife Amber-Leigh and dad to daughters Peaches-Ava, 6, and two-year-old Orlah-Rose.

The family told the Plymouth Herald: "Carl Paul Parsons was a devoted daddy to Peaches-Ava and Orlah-Rose, who were his life.

"He managed to make so many beautiful, fun, loving memories in such a short time, for them to cherish.

"He was the most loving and devoted husband to Amber-Leigh and the best step-dad to Lilie-Mae."

Life will never be the same. Carl you have left the biggest hole in all our hearts

The statement added that Carl's mum and dad, Wenda and Gary, "were so very proud of him".

The family added: "He was a friendly, out-going person.

"He was able to get on with anybody. A proper joker. He lit up any room he walked into, he made so many friends.

"Life will never be the same. Carl you have left the biggest hole in all our hearts."

The massive Manchester United fan and keen rugby player was also described as a "hard grafter" who "worked so hard to provide for his family".

The firm Willand Bogas has also paid tribute since the horrific event and promised an investigation.

A spokesman said: "We were very sorry to learn of the
tragic death of a contractor on site. Our thoughts and sympathies are
with the friends and family of the deceased at this difficult time.

"The attaining and maintaining of the highest standards of health and
safety management is a priority for Willand Biogas and we will be
co-operating with the ongoing investigation by the Health and Safety
Executive to the fullest possible extent.

"In view of that ongoing investigation it is not appropriate for us to
comment further at this stage."  

 

Carl was killed on the Willand industrial estate in Devon

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