Tributes paid to ‘loving and caring’ dad-to-be

Tragic: Richard Calsen, 25, was killed in an accident at work in Abbey Village
Tragic: Richard Calsen, 25, was killed in an accident at work in Abbey Village
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Tributes have been paid to a father-to-be, described as a “lovely guy”, who was killed in an industrial accident at work.

Richard Calsen, known to his friends as Chard, was crushed in the incident at John Fowler and Son in Abbey Village, near Chorley, on Saturday. He then went into cardiac arrest.

Richard, the son of Lynn and Peter Calsen, and one of five siblings, died at the scene.

Over the weekend his parents spoke of their devastation. Today, tributes were paid on social media to the 25-year-old, who lived in Buckshaw Village.

Former X Factor contestant Jonjo Kerr from Chorley, paid tribute on his Facebook page.

He said: “I feel for his family and close friends, what a shock. The few times I met Chard he stood out as a lovely guy! Gutted, rest in peace.

Another friend Jade Halpin also took to Facebook to pay tribute: “Love u chard..can’t believe I’ve lost you. Xxx”

Emma Martin said: “Such sad news, Chard. You were a top lad and far too young for this to happen. Thoughts are with Jenny and rest of family.”

Lisa De-haan added: “Chard lad, u will be missed.”

Emergency services, including police, ambulances and an air ambulance were called to the scene of the accident at around 3.20pm. A post-mortem investigation was due to take place yesterday.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “A joint police and Health and Safety Executive investigation is underway to establish the circumstances and is in its early stages.”

In a statement, his family paid tribute to a “loving son, brother, uncle and father-to-be who was looking forward to a bright future.”