A delivery driver has been found dead in his vehicle by colleagues at a parcel depot in Kent. Warren Norton, who was in his 40s, was discovered at his steering wheel at DPD premises in Dartford on Wednesday 23rd November.
It is reported that Warren was seen slumped in his Citroën van by his colleagues. Initially, they thought he was sleeping and tapped on the window to wake him up, but he did not respond they smashed the window to get into the vehicle. He was subsequently given CPR and a defibrillator was used but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Colleagues told the newspaper DPD encourages couriers to work longer hours during busy times such as Black Friday, and that Warren was said to have worked up to 14 hours a day for weeks as Black Friday packages piled up. However DPD has denied this.
Warren is thought to have worked for DPD for about two years.
A spokesman for DPD said ‘We are deeply saddened by the death of Warren Norton. Mr Norton was a self-employed driver, working for a supplier to DPD and was well known and regarded at the depot. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time’.
Following comments on working hours, DPD said ‘We absolutely deny any allegations of pressure to work long hours, and can confirm that, as a responsible carrier, we monitor every driver’s hours for legal and safety reasons’.