Latest News from BPCA

17 January 2013

Helicopter crash devastates the pest control industry

Reports have confirmed Matthew Wood, a Rentokil employee from Sutton was sadly killed in the helicopter crash in Vauxhall, London, while he made his way to work. A statement from Rentokil CEO, Alan Brown said "we can confirm that our Rentokil Initial colleague, Matt Wood, was fatally injured in the helicopter crash as he was walking to our office in Vauxhall.

Matt was 39 years old and had worked for Rentokil as an administrative team leader since 2003. Alan Brown added "Matt was well known to all of us who visit the Vauxhall office, including myself. He was in every respect a warm and generous man and a cornerstone of our team. We extend our deepest sympathy to Matt's family and to our colleagues in Vauxhall who, though safely evacuated, will be deeply affected by this tragic accident."

BPCA Chief Executive Simon Forrester said "this is a devastating blow to the pest control industry and our hearts go out to Matthews's friends and family. We're a very close-knit industry, so it's always difficult to hear that one of ours has passed on, and in such tragic circumstances."

Mr Wood's next door neighbour Yvonne Humphries, 63, said "I just can't believe it. I was listening to the news this morning and they said someone from Sutton died, I can't believe it's him. He lived on his own but he was always having friends round was just a lovely guy."

The accident is believed to be the first fatal helicopter crash in the city centre since records began in 1976, but the sight of a £4m aircraft falling out of the skies, provoked calls, backed by David Cameron, for a review of rules that allow more than 1,300 helicopter flights over central London each month.Kate Hoey, the Labour MP for the Vauxhall area, said it "would have been facing a major, major catastrophe" if the helicopter had landed on the apartments nearby.

It is still unclear as to exactly what caused the accident, but a full investigation is said to begin shortly. The Air Accident Investigation Branch said it would be "several months" before it could produce a definitive report on the cause of the tragedy. But it will focus on how a modern aircraft, fully equipped for instrument flying, collided with a 770ft-tall structure despite a 500ft exclusion zone around all buildings in the capital.

Source:

Highlights View all news

13 September 2019

Latest news

BPCA on food: open letter on the role of pest management in National Food Strategy

BPCA has written an open letter to contribute to the independent review on developing a national food strategy, commissioned by Defra. We set out our case for the inclusion of pest management provis

Read more

23 August 2019

Latest news

PPC96 out now

Professional pest controller magazine issue 96 is out now and available to read online for free. The magazine can be read online or downloaded as a PDF or you can join our Affili

Read more

22 July 2019

Latest news

VIDEO: Risk management assessments for pest management professionals

A health and safety risk assessment considers the hazards present in a task or activity. RAs looks at the likelihood of harm that might occur and the severity of that harm.  In this 1 hour

Read more
Latest View all news

13 September 2019

Latest news

BPCA on food: open letter on the role of pest management in National Food Strategy

BPCA has written an open letter to contribute to the independent review on developing a national food strategy, commissioned by Defra. We set out our case for the inclusion of pest management provis

Read more

13 September 2019

Latest news

CONSULTATION: Wild birds general licence survey launched by Defra

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers has launched a public survey as part of a planned review of general licences to manage wild birds in England. Defra is leading this review in close partne

Read more

29 August 2019

Latest news

Remembering John Kay

It is with great sadness that we learned this week of the passing of former BPCA President, John Kay. John was a familiar face to many in the pest management industry, with a career spanning 35

Read more