Delivery Agent In UK Dies After Working 14-Hour Shifts 7 Days A Week Ahead Of Black Friday


Mr. Norton’s colleagues found him slumped over the wheel of his van.

A delivery agent in the UK has died in his vehicle after working 14 hours a day seven days a week ahead of Black Friday. The man, identified as Warren Norton, 49, was discovered unconscious by colleagues in his van at the DPD (Dynamic Parcel Distribution) depot in Dartford on Wednesday, Kent online reported.

Mr Norton is said to have worked up to 14 hours a day delivering parcels to customers. On Wednesday morning, his colleagues found him slumped over the wheel of his van. Assuming he was asleep, they first knocked on his vehicle window but he did not respond. They then reportedly broke the window to open the door, after which he fell out of the van and onto the ground.

According to ExpressMr Norton received CPR and a defibrillator was used to save his life, but he was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene.

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A spokesperson for the delivery company said: ‘We are deeply saddened by the passing of Warren Norton. Mr Norton was a self-employed driver, working for a DPD supplier and was well known and well regarded at the depot. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time,” according to Kent online.

The 49-year-old worked for the courier service for around two years. Although it was reported that Mr Norton was working long hours due to the Black Friday weekend, DPD said this was untrue. The spokesperson said: ‘We absolutely deny any allegations of pressure to work long hours and can confirm that as a responsible carrier we monitor each driver’s hours for legal and safety reasons.’

“Mr Norton worked an average of five days a week for DPD and his working hours were well below legal limits,” he added.

Meanwhile, according to ExpressAs Black Friday approaches, delivery services are seeing an increase in parcel volumes as many look for cheaper deals before Christmas.

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