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Forklift death blamed on brakes

Wednesday, 6 November 2019 ( #948 ) - Truro, United Kingdom
A UK jury has returned a conclusion of accidental death
A UK jury has returned a conclusion of accidental death
A UK jury has returned a conclusion of accidental death caused by a combination of mechanical failure and operator error. This follows the 2018 death of Andy Shattock, from Plymouth, who was crushed when a forklift toppled over. The inquest heard the forklift that killed the 55-year-old had faulty brakes. Shattock, from Plymouth, was reversing the vehicle down a slope when it hit a curb and rolled in Torpoint, Cornwall. A forensic vehicle examiner said the brakes were "clearly defective and in a dangerous condition". Two months before the accident, a mechanic identified problems with the brakes while fixing hydraulic pipes. His company provided a quote for the brakes to be replaced and the email was read, but the work never carried out. The jury was also told Shattock was a qualified forklift driver but there was no evidence he was wearing a seatbelt.