‘Lorry had brake issues’

Bradwell Skips on Baker Street, Attercliffe where a man was crushed by a skip
Bradwell Skips on Baker Street, Attercliffe where a man was crushed by a skip
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A man who was hit by a lorry at a Sheffield skip firm’s yard died in hospital after his pelvis was crushed, an inquest into his death was told.

David Evans, aged 60, of Shirecliffe Road, Pitsmoor, was taken to hospital after a ‘hook loader’ lorry on which he was performing maintenance started moving and hit him at about 6am on April 25 last year, jurors heard.

A Sheffield inquest yesterday heard evidence about the incident, which happened at Bradwell Skip Services in Baker Street, Attercliffe.

“David was working there, apparently informally, and carried out maintenance on the lorries used to transport skips,” said deputy coroner Julian Fox.

“At some time after 6 o’clock he was in the yard attending to a lorry.

“At some point the engine of the lorry was switched on and the lorry started to move, colliding not only with the deceased but also with another vehicle, with a skip and a wall. Another person jumped into the cab and stopped the lorry. Mr Evans was taken to hospital but died two weeks later.”

The court was read aloud evidence from the pathologist, Dr Burton, who performed the post-mortem examination.

He gave the cause of death as pelvic crushing with a secondary cause of aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve in the heart restricting blood flow.

Mr Evans underwent a series of operations over two weeks but eventually died from his injuries.

Colleague Craig Jackson, who regularly drove the vehicle in question, said the lorry had been for several services but always came back with a ‘sticky handbrake’ that was ‘slowly deteriorating’.

But he did put the handbrake on when he parked the vehicle the night before the incident, he said.

The inquest continues.