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Stephen Dungate: Corby building supplies worker was crushed by lorry grab

Cecil Drive, Corby Image copyright Google
Image caption The accident happened on Cecil Drive, Corby, on 18 June 2013

A building supplies employee was crushed to death by his lorry's lifting grab after he accidently set off its remote control, an inquest has heard.

Stephen Dungate, a 38-year-old father of five, died while delivering sand to a house in Corby in 2013.

An inquest in Corby has heard Mr Dungate, who was working for Jackson Buildbase, was attaching the grab to a builder's bag.

The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.

The inquest heard the lorry was making the delivery at Cecil Drive in Corby on 18 June.

Image copyright Dave Dungate
Image caption Stephen Dungate died from a crush injury

Mr Dungate, who lived at Snatch Hill Close in the town, had attached part of the grab to the bag to lift it off the trailer.

'Robust systems'

It is believed he had the remote control with him when he reached across the bag and it was activated accidentally.

The cause of death was a crush injury to the pelvis.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) said its investigation into the accident had closed and no charges were being brought.

Sue Thompson, from the HSE, said: "Robust systems and procedures should assist in preventing this sort of unfortunate accident."

Lyndon Johnson, divisional director at Jackson Buildbase, called it a "tragic accident".

"We take the health and safety of our colleagues and customers very seriously and continue to work hard across all of our branches to ensure we operate to high standards of safety," he said.

Mr Dungate's partner was pregnant with their second child at the time of the accident.

He had three children from a previous relationship.

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