Birmingham Mail : 2020-09-25

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10 @birmingham_live BIRMINGHAM MAIL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 News Young dad ‘with a heart of gold’ died in tragic forklift accident, inquest jury finds Mitchell Pountney By BEN PERRIN the course of my investigat­ion. Thank you for allowing me to read your statement. That is an important part of the inquest process. I offer my most sincere condolence­s.” His family were too upset to speak at the conclusion of proceeding­s. But in an earlier tribute from court, they said: “Mitchell had a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody. He would put himself out to help other people. “We all just miss him so much and was the best son me and his dad could have wished for.” There were no direct witnesses at the scene or CCTV footage to confirm the series of events leading up to the tragedy, an earlier pre-inquest review was told. After the hearing was concluded yesterday, a statement was issued by his employers. It said: “Cutting Edge Trading Limited extends its sincere condolence­s to Mitchell’s family. “He was a much-liked and valued employee. In light of the ongoing Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigat­ion, with which it is co-operating fully, it has no further comment at this time.” A HSE spokesman added: “We continue to investigat­e this incident. As this investigat­ion is ongoing we cannot comment further at this time. Our thoughts remain with the family.” Following Mr Pountney’s death, his friend Josh Hazlett launched a Twitter campaign and arranged a minute’s applause in the 23rd minute at an Aston Villa home game against West Ham. News Reporter A DAD who was crushed to death by a forklift truck while at work, died as a result of an accident, an inquest jury found. Mitchell Pountney, 23, was thought to have been unpacking wood from a shipment ready for the warehouse, run by Cutting Edge Trading Limited in Station Road, Rowley Regis. The Aston Villa fan, from Stourbridg­e, was trapped “beneath the forks of a side-loader” and suffered non-survival multiple injuries at 10.50am on September 2 last year. Paramedics were called to the scene after reports of a patient being in cardiac arrest, but he was pronounced dead at 11.04am. A post-mortem examinatio­n revealed the work site supervisor died from “severe cranial, facial and upper spinal injuries” due to an industrial accident. These findings were also adopted by the jury in a record of inquest. Nine members of the jury – six women and three men – unanimousl­y recorded a conclusion of “accidental death” following a three-day hearing at Black Country Coroner’s Court in Oldbury. Addressing Mitchell’s family, Joanne Lees, area coroner for the Black Country, said: “I know the last few days have been difficult for you. Can I thank you very much for attending and thank you for the help you have given me through PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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