The heartbroken family of a “selfless” Mansfield man say he died a hero while saving the life of his boss.
Philip McDonald, 48, of Langford Road, Ladybrook, was a joiner and died while working in Ednaston, Derbyshire.
His family do not wish to speak about the details of the incident leading to Mr McDonald’s death, which took place on September 5, as an investigation is being carried out by Derbyshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive.
Mr McDonald’s son Bradley Green, 24, said: “My dad was a great, selfless man and he was a great teacher to me in joinery. To me, he was a master carpenter and he really did have the bravery of a whole army.”
Mr McDonald loved travelling and spent time in Nigeria where he helped build a school and shared his carpentry skills with local people.
His mother Vera said: “He was very adventurous, people never knew whether to believe his stories but he was telling the truth.
“He was very special.”
Mr McDonald’s niece Tarnya Chandler said: “He was very loving towards his family. It is fitting that he died doing something heroic, he was always very protective, he always looked after me like he would a daughter.
“His son takes after him too and he followed him in to the joinery trade. He was inspiring.
“He loved travelling and it seemed like he’d been everywhere, he lived in a cave in Spain, he lived in a tree while protesting at Heathrow.”
A tree will be planted in Titchfield Park as a memorial to Mr McDonald.
Ms Chandler said: “It’s where everyone grew up, and its a nice place to go where we can remember him.”
A Derbyshire Police spokeswoman said: “We are carrying out a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive.”
She told your Chad the investigation is in the early stages and interviews are being carried out. No arrests have been made.
A spokesman from the Health and Safety Executive said: “The HSE is assisting Derbyshire Police with their inquiries.”