A runaway lorry which crushed a 60-year-old man had a problem with its brakes that was fixed weeks before the incident which led to his death.
An inquest into the death of David Evans – who was hit by the lorry as he worked on it at the premises of Bradwells Skip Services in Baker Street, Attercliffe – heard details of the lorry’s servicing history.
The jury heard Mr Evans, of Shirecliffe Road, Pitsmoor, was aware of the lorry’s mechanical problems. He had being performing maintenance on the ‘hook loader’ lorry when it started moving and hit him at about 6am on April 25 last year, jurors heard.
He was rushed to hospital but died later as a result of pelvic crush injuries.
Bradwells director Chris Slack told the court the lorry had been serviced in December 2012, and two issues were found with the vehicle’s braking system.
The parking brake was listed as ‘inoperative’ on the near side and was fixed.
A second issue was identified with the lorry’s auxiliary power unit APU valve, and an advisory note was attached to the service report, which jurors heard Mr Evans, who helped out at the firm without pay, knew about.
Despite being involved in maintaining vehicles, he did not have formal health and safety certificates as paid employees did, jurors were told.
Mr Slack admitted it was ‘a bad thing’ but said procedures had been ‘formalised’ since his death.
He added Mr Evans had been preparing the vehicle for sale on the day of the incident, with work including minor maintenance and cleaning.
The inquest continues.