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Overloading fork lift truck 'primary cause' of fatal incident

28 October 2016

The overloading of a fork lift truck was the "primary cause" of a fatal incident involving a delivery driver in Workington, an inquest heard.

A lorry driver, Mr Brown, died after getting trapped between a fork lift truck, with heavy pallets on, and his vehicle. It happened at Howdens Joinery at Clay Flatts, on November 10, 2014.

The jury has already heard that Mr Brown, of Bristol Road, Hull, had delivered goods to the Workington depot.

Alan Howlett, fork lift truck driver, said he lifted two pallets of worktops and the lift truck tipped forward.

He said Mr Brown, who was initially about two metres away, moved between the pallets on the lift truck and his vehicle. Subsequently Mr Brown became trapped. He died at the scene.

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