Gala Abattoir Fatal Accident
Gala Abattoir Fatal Accident

A FATAL accident enquiry is likely to be held over the tragic death of a Selkirk dad at the abattoir in Galashiels on Wednesday morning.

David Barker, 48, of Leslie Place died at Scottish Borders Abattoir on Winston Road after an accident when a metal partition fell on him.

Police and health and safety inspectors were still investigating as The Wee Paper went to press yesterday.

Emergency services were called to the abattoir just after 11am, but Mr Barker was pronounced dead at the scene.

At the abattoir yesterday secretary Jean Doogan said none of the directors were available for comment.

She added: “Our thoughts and condolences go out to David’s family.”

Tributes poured in for Mr Barker yesterday. He lived with partner Lynn Telford and his 11-year-old son David in Leslie Place, and neighbours said he was a hard-working family man.

Neighbour Roland Darling said: “It’s terrible, it’s such a shame, I couldn’t believe it when I heard. It hasn’t sunk in yet.

“I didn’t know him well, but he was a very friendly, nice guy. He would never pass you in the street without speaking. He always seemed jovial, an outgoing guy. If I was working on the car he would pop over to speak.”

Another neighbour, Brian Fiddes, who was previously married to Lynn’s daughter Tracey, said: “He was always keeping himself busy.”

He said Mr Barker, who had an interest in toy soldiers, worked at the abattoir during the week and in event security at weekends.

He said Lynn had picked up Brian’s son, Kyle, from school on Wednesday because he was in Galashiels.

Brian continued: “I got a text from Lynn saying to hurry back and that David was dead. I rushed back but the police wouldn’t give Lynn any information. They said it was an industrial accident. I was shocked, really shocked.”

The Crown Office confirmed that the procurator fiscal has received a report and enquiries are ongoing.