A popular 19-year-old killed in an accident at work in Chinley was the “perfect son and brother”, his family have said.
Ben Pallier-Singleton was on a night shift at Vinyl Compounds Ltd when the stacker truck he was driving tipped over and crushed him. The Health and Safety Executive is now investigating the incident, which happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
His devastated family have paid tribute to Ben, who lived in Disley and had worked at the factory for 18 months. Friends have also been left grief-stricken, with many taking to the social networking site Facebook to leave tributes.
Mum Kathryn said: “He was the sort of person no-one had anything bad to say about. He was just so kind. I’ll miss him so much.
“He was the perfect son and big brother.
“I feel like I’ve been robbed. I’ve had no answers to anything.
“There will never be anyone like him. My life and my family’s life is never going to be same again. The pain is just indescribable.”
Ben’s Dad Alan Singleton, of Whaley Bridge, added: “I feel like my world has been ripped apart. He was just the most amazing son you could have wished for.
“He was very kind, just a lovely lad.
“I just wish I could have more time with him.”
A former pupil at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School, Ben leaves mum Kathryn and her partner Paul, dad Alan, brother Dan, sister Sophie, girlfriend Kensey Johnson, grandma Juliet, aunty Sue Pallier and her partner Mark Sands, extended family and a wide circle of friends.
Paying tribute to her big brother, who she was very close to, Sophie, 15, said: “He was my best friend. Reading all the tributes makes you realise how much he was loved.”
“Sophie rides horses and he used to take her up to see her horse,” mum Kathryn said. “He really looked after her.”
Ben loved motocross and had competed across the north west, winning many trophies, after following in dad Alan’s footsteps. He loved motorbikes and cars and had recently bought himself a brand new BMW, which was his pride and joy.
His brother Dan, 20, said: “He always tried to make people laugh. He just lived for bikes. If he wasn’t riding his bike he would be on his push bike, making jumps and trying to go as high as he could.”
And Alan added: “One of the first memories I have of him on a bike was when I was teaching him to jump on the farm but one of our dogs got in the way and we had to jump off the bike. He started crying and I thought we’d never get him on a bike again but you couldn’t actually get him off them.”
Kathryn’s partner Paul Ennion said: “You could not wish to meet a nicer lad. He was such a lovely lad, a real one-off. He didn’t have a bad bone in his body. It’s so sad that something like this has happened to him.
“When somebody dies especially when they’re 19 years old and its through no fault of their own, when they go to work and don’t come home, you’re just left with a lot of questions but we’re not getting any answers.”
The family would like to thank everyone for their support since Ben’s death, especially Jack and Henry Partridge, Joe Smith, Diane Partridge and Andy Ferris.
A spokesperson for Vinyl Compounds Ltd said: “We have lost a very good employee who was a beautiful young man.
“We will co-operate fully with the Health and Safety Executive and the police throughout the investigation.”
Police confirmed they were called to the factory at 4.30am on February 10. A spokesperson added that a file had been prepared for the coroner and the investigation was being led by the HSE.
No date has yet been set for Ben’s funeral.