Ipswich: Man charged in connection with dock death

A LORRY driver has been charged after a man was crushed to death at Ipswich Docks.

Paul Napier, a 48-year-old lorry driver from Inglenook in Clacton, has been charged with manslaughter, inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent and Section 3 (2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. He will appear before Ipswich Magistrates Court on August 20.

Emergency services were called to a report of two men being crushed when a section of pontoon tipped off the back of a lorry which was parked on Cliff Road, Ipswich just before 6pm on December 16 last year.

Neville Wightman, who was 52 and from Ipswich, died at the scene. A 42-year-old man from Lowestoft was taken to Ipswich Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The charges today follow a joint investigation carried out by Suffolk Police and Health and Safety Executive.

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