Safety fears after farm death

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- 6 Oct 2022 ( #1097 ) - Norfolk, United Kingdom
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Coroner ruled death was an accident
Coroner ruled death was an accident

A coroner has raised safety concerns following the death of a teenager who was crushed by a forklift less than a month after starting a new job.

Zach Richardson, 18, from Lincolnshire, was found trapped between the truck and a wall at Elm Farm near Shipdham, Norfolk, on 24 October 2020.

The BBC reports an inquest concluded his death was an accident.

Senior coroner for Norfolk Jaqueline Lake warned of a risk of future deaths "unless action is taken".

She was concerned that a seat safety switch on the forklift that should have prevented it from moving when no-one was in the driver's seat "had been defeated at some point prior to the incident" and was "defective".

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