Coroner calls for safety improvements to prevent workplace deaths after Essex dumper truck tragedy

Father-of-four David Green, who died after an accident at a Lawford building site in 2016. Picture:

Father-of-four David Green, who died after an accident at a Lawford building site in 2016. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

The widow of an Essex father of four, who died in a dumper truck accident, has welcomed a report calling on his employer to take action to prevent future deaths.

Essex senior coroner, Caroline Beasley-Murray, published the report yesterday, highlighting concerns about the death of David Green and urging Rose Builders to improve its work safety measures.

Mr Green was working at Summers Park housing development in Lawford, near Manningtree, in October 2016, when he was thrown from the dumper truck he was driving and suffered a fractured skull.

An inquest heard the 32-year-old, from Little Clacton, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of accident. His truck toppled over as he went to deposit soil at the top of a mound. Mr Green was found by a colleague underneath the vehicle at the bottom of the mound. Despite the efforts of paramedics he was pronounced dead at 5.25pm on October 3, 2016.

Ms Beasley-Murray said she evidence, in the inquest caused concern. Her regulation 23 report states: “In my opinion there is a risk that future deaths will occur unless action is taken.”

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She said there did not appear to be a safe system of work and highlighted an apparent “widespread” practice of employees not wearing seat belts, as well as an “inadequate” system of checking seatbelts were worn.

Rose Builders, which is based in Lawford, is required to respond to the report setting out what actions it has taken or proposes to take - or explain why it has not done so.

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Mr Green’s widow, Jade Green, has welcomed the report.

A statement issued by her solicitor, Martin Maginn of Hutcheon Law, said: “Mrs Green very sadly accepts these comments will not bring her husband and the father of her four children back, but she believes that if these comments prevent even one other death in the workplace and one other family avoids the pain that she has been and is still going through, then her fight has been worthwhile,” the statement added.

Rose Builders said: “David Green was a respected and valued member of staff. His tragic and unexpected death has had a profound effect on everyone at Rose Builders. The company’s thoughts have been and remain with his family and friends. Rose Builders has been sent a copy of the coroner’s report and is in the process of responding to the matters raised.”

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