Farmer killed after dog hit truck lever

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Image caption Derek Mead’s household stated he passed away “doing what he enjoyed”

A farmer was squashed to death when his pet dog knocked a lever inside his forklift truck triggering it to trap him versus a gate, an inquest heard.

Derek Mead, 70, was developing a rockery at his house in Hewish, near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, on 4 June 2017.

Avon Coroner’s Court heard Mr Mead left the device in neutral with the engine running and the handbrake off however his animal Jack Russell was still in the taxi.

Assistant coroner Dr Peter Harrowing stated it was a “terrible mishap”.

The inquest heard Mr Mead had actually stopped at the entryway to a field on his land and is thought to have actually gone out to open eviction.

‘Likely description’

His family pet canine is believed to have actually knocked the shuttle bus lever which relocates a comparable method to an indication stalk on a vehicle and moves the forklift forwards and in reverse.

Simon Chilcott, from the Health and Safety Executive, informed the inquest there was no other “affordable description” for the mishap.

“You can move it unintentionally,” Mr Chilcott included.

“Whether the pet dog has actually been leaping up to see where his master has actually gone, or put his paws up on the door to wait for the return of Derek – it appears more than likely that he has actually hit the lever.

“He has actually leapt up or put his paws up and knocked the shuttle bus lever, which would have put the car in a forward movement.”

Dr Harrowing reached a conclusion of unexpected death.

He stated: “The most likely description is that the pet dog … unintentionally moved the shuttle bus lever, triggering the forward movement … which unfortunately caught Mr Mead versus the strong gate, triggering injuries which he did not make it through.”

A post-mortem evaluation discovered he passed away from back fractures and terrible asphyxia.

In a declaration after his death, Mr Mead’s household stated: “He was doing what he had and enjoyed been doing because he was a young kid.”

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