Tributes pour in after popular dad dies following industrial estate incident

Heartbreaking tributes have poured in for a loving father who died after a forklift crash in Manchester.

Friends and family have penned emotional goodbyes to Ian Dawson, 60, following the fatal smash at an industrial estate in Oldham.

Dawson is understood to have lived in Rochdale with his partner, and has left behind a daughter, the Manchester Evening News reported.

Gary Melia, 32, called Dawson a “good bloke”, before adding: “It’s terrible what happened”.

Mr Melia is an organiser of Collette Dance Troupe, an organisation that Mr Dawson volunteered at.

He said: “He brought his daughter to become a dancer when she was younger.

"He was just one of those guys, he really got stuck in and made friends really quickly.

“We rely on volunteers. He was one of our best.

"He was really helpful. He was a bridge good bridge between the parents and the club. His people skills were brilliant.”

A post on Facebook added: “Tragically, we learned today of an accident which has devastatingly took the life of our former tots trainer and forever supporter Ian Dawson.

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"Ian was such a fantastic person to have in our troupe. He was such a committed supporter, whose commitment led him to become our music man and tots trainer.

"He was bloody good at it too! Ian was always there to cheer all the girls on, always there at every fundraising event and was always coming up with ideas on how to make the troupe better.

"Ian will be missed by so many. Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to all of Ian’s family, especially his daughter.”

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Dawson was rushed to hospital after two vehicles smashed into each other at Woodstock Business Park on November 19.

Several police vehicles were pictured at the crash, which appeared to involve a forklift truck which had flipped into its side at Charlton Express Transport.

The logistics company declined to comment when approached by the MEN. Daily Star Online has also approached the force.

A joint investigation has been launched by Greater Manchester Police and the Health and Safety Executive.

Rochdale Coroners' Court said a file had been received regarding Mr Dawson's death. An inquest will be scheduled in due course.

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