An off-duty firefighter died after being crushed by machinery in a horrific accident at work.
The man was trapped by a lorry’s hydraulic machinery at an industrial estate near Wickham yesterday afternoon.
He was working on repairs to the Mercedes articulated lorry, which has a small crane on the back, when his overalls caught on a lever which moved the crane’s hydraulic arm.
He was crushed between the arm and a kerb.
10/19/2000 Update: Crane Crush Death was Accident.
A PART-TIME firefighter was crushed to death after his overalls caught the lever of a crane, triggering it into action.
Mark Harvey, 36, had only been working for Dave Rope Tradings, a haulage company, at Quobb Farm, in Titchfield Lane, Wickham, near Fareham, for three weeks when the accident happened, an inquest at Winchester heard.
Mr Harvey, a part-time fire fighter for Botley, was standing on the back of the 10-ton articulated lorry, which has a small crane, when his overalls caught on a lever moving the hydraulic arm. He was crushed between the arm and a kerb. An ambulance took him to Queen Alexandra Hospital, but doctors were unable to save his life and he was later pronounced dead.
Mr Harvey, who lived with his wife Jacqueline, in Winchester Street, Botley, died of injuries sustained in the accident. He suffered a ruptured liver and bruising to his ribs and heart.
A jury of five women and four men returned a verdict of accidental death on the advice of the coroner Grahame Short.