Inquest hears of failures following death of man at Sheffield firm

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An inquest has ruled that a HGV driver died after being struck by steel tubes falling off his lorry when they were being unloaded by an inexperienced forklift truck driver.

Robert Ismay, aged 42, of Sowerby, North Yorkshire, was helping to unload 7.5 metre long tubes at Daver Steels, Petre Street, Pitsmor, when he was knocked off his lorry by an unsupervised forklift truck driver.

An inquest jury found returned a verdict that there was no planning of the delivery or any written procedures in place and no consideration was given as to whether it was safe to use a forklift truck.

The jury found that the forklift driver did not know the weight and size of what he was lifting, the forks of the truck were too short to lift the delivery and no consideration was given as to whether it was safe to unload the trailer in the street.

Coroner Siobhan Kelly said the inquest, which was repeatedly shown CCTV footage of the incident, had proved difficult for the family of the father-of-three, who worked for Thirsk-based firm Tomrods.

She said: “I hope that some small consolation comes from knowing that changes have been put into place to change procedures which had plainly gone wrong.”