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    INQUEST: DRIVER TRAPPED BY LORRY GRAB

    HSE expert witness found no faults with the crane

    It has been reported by the Northants Telegraph that a delivery driver died after he was trapped in a vehicle mounted crane “grabber” in a Corby street.

    Stephen Dungate, aged 38, worked for Jackson Building Centres and was delivering landscaping materials to a home in June 2013.

    The inquest found that Mr Dungate “unintentionally activated the crane via a remote control fastened to his body” whilst he stood on the back of the lorry whilst working to attach the grab to the loops of a bag of ballast.

    Workmen were alerted by a resident and although they managed to release Mr Dungate, he died at the scene from the effects of a crush injury to his pelvis.

    Witness Leslie Nairn rushed to help and he told the coroner how he saw Mr Dungate trapped in a standing position. He added:

    “He was opening and closing his hands and saying ‘Open it, open it’. He was finding it difficult to speak as he was being so tightly squeezed.”

    HSE Inspector Ian Simpson told the jury he had “not found any faults with the crane”.

    Mr Dungate’s mother Brenda said:

    He was well thought-of by friends and work colleagues. We are all still trying to come to terms with what happened to Stephen. He will be sadly missed.”

    Lyndon Johnson, from Jackson Buildbase, said the firm takes the health and safety of colleagues and customers very seriously. Adding our thoughts and very sincere condolences continue to be with Stephen’s family.

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