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Family pay emotional tribute to 'devoted' Wolverhampton dad who died on construction site

The family of a Bilston man who died at a construction site in Oxford have paid tribute to a "loving, caring man and a devoted dad."

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Amarpreet Bhatti.

Thames Valley Police released the tribute to Amarpreet Bhatti, 47, on behalf of his family. Mr Bhatti died on a construction site on the A40 near Wolvercote, Oxford on December 4.

The statement said: "My husband, Amarpreet, was a loving, caring man and a devoted dad to our two wonderful children, aged 16 and 18.

"He had a heart of gold, was always smiling and going out of his way to help others. He was a dedicated man who touched so many people’s lives.

"For him to be taken from us like this is so hard to accept. My whole world was around him, I don’t know what I’m going to do without him. It wasn’t time for him to go," the statement continued.

"He was a true friend to everyone he knew, such a pure soul he had. We are going to miss him dearly.

"I know you are still around, as I can feel your presence. Love you loads, your wife, Mandeep, and two children."

According to reports, Mr Bhatti fell to his death at the contruction site. Emergency services were called at 10.15am on December 4, but paramedics were unable to save the 47-year-old father.

Thames Valley Police are reportedly investigating the incident, with colleagues from the Health and Safety Executive also "making enquiries."

An HSE spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident and currently making enquiries on site alongside Thames Valley Police.”

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police told the Express & Star: "We are investigating his death alongside HSE (Health and Safety Executive).

"We are in the early stages of the investigation but at this stage Police have primacy."

According to reports, work was suspended at the site of the major city development where Mr Bhatti worked.

The Oxford North development project is described as "creating the community of the future" providing Oxford with "a sustainable place to work, live, learn and socialise."

The website says: "Oxford North is a new innovation district for the city, specifically masterplanned, designed and being built to enable discovery.

"Delivering one million sq ft of labs and workspaces, 480 new homes, hotel, nursery, amenities, three new public parks and significant investment in travelling around sustainably, it will be a community engaged in creating a better future."

A spokeswoman for Oxford North Ventures said at the time: "We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news that a member of the construction team lost their life on-site yesterday morning.

"Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time."