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Wordsley man was crushed between a lorry and trailer, inquest hears
3:01pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
A WORDSLEY man who died when he was crushed between two vehicles at a Pensnett recycling yard is thought to have released the handbrake of the lorry that rolled into him, an inquest heard.
Mark Peter Shore, aged 42 of Zaria Court, High Street, suffered horrific chest injuries when he was pinned between a lorry and a trailer at the R Davies Metals yard at Smithy Lane on June 19 last year.
For reasons unknown to his employer Renney Davies Snr, Mr Shore had arrived at work at 4.30am and attempted to move a lorry that was due to be taken to a local scrapyard.
The inquest at Dudley Coroners Court on Wednesday (August 29) heard that Mr Shore must have took the handbrake off before using a battery booster to start the lorry engine.
As he was removing the booster, the lorry rolled forward and pinned him against a trailer, which was parked opposite.
Renney Davies Jr who lives next to the yard had worked with Mr Shore at the company for 13 months.
He was alerted to the incident after hearing a loud bang: “I looked outside and saw one of the lorries had moved and driven into the side of a trailer. I immediately thought someone was trying to steal the lorry and ran outside. Mark was pinned between the lorry and the trailer, suspended two foot off the ground.”
The inquest heard how Mr Davies Jr smashed a window to gain access to the lorry’s cab and found the keys in the ignition but the engine off.
He then reversed the vehicle to free Mr Shore and attempted to resuscitate him following advice from the emergency services but got no response.
He added: “I don't know why he was there, he shouldn't have started till 8am. He hadn't told me he was coming in earlier."
Mr Shore’s friend Gemma Tate told the inquest that on the evening before his death Mr Shore had told her he had to be at work for 4:30am the next day as he was due to drive a lorry to Leeds.
But in his evidence, company director Mr Davies Snr insisted there was no job in Leeds and he had no idea why Mr Shore had arrived so early.
Mr Davies Snr added: "He wasn't supposed to be there until 7:30-8am. That vehicle would have gone to the scrap yard one mile down the road and would have gone on a low loader to be dismantled, it wasn't roadworthy or taxed.”
A post mortem showed that the right side of Mr Shore's chest was crushed and his ribs were smashed into numerous pieces.
A toxicology report found that there was traces of alcohol and cocaine in his urine and cannabis was found in his blood and urine, suggesting recent use.
A jury concluded Mr Shore’s death was accidental and the jury foreman added: “We believe Mr Shore for reasons unknown may have started the engine using a battery booster and the handbrake was disengaged at some point, by someone, reasons unknown. While Mr Shore was outside the cab disconnecting the battery booster the brakes disengaged causing the lorry to roll down the slope crushing Mr Shore between the lorry and the trailer.”
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