Worker died af­ter be­ing crushed by coils of steel 40-year-old vic­tim be­come trapped as he op­er­ated crane

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Andy Richard­son Staff Re­porter

AMAN de­scribed as a “joker who would do any­thing for any­one” died af­ter he was crushed at the Birm­ing­ham steel fac­tory where he worked.

Jamie Pea­cock, from Old­bury, died af­ter get­ting trapped be­tween two steel coils, some weigh­ing as much as 25 tonnes, at Yard­ley firm Camtrex.

He was rushed to the city’s Queen El­iz­a­beth Hospi­tal fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent on March 22 this year but died five days later from a stroke caused by his in­juries.

A jury in­quest into the 40-year-old’s death was held at Birm­ing­ham Coroner’s Court last week. Speak­ing at the in­quest, his mother Jean Pea­cock said: “Jamie was full of joy. He was the son ev­ery­one wanted.

“He was very happy-golucky. He was the life and soul of the party, a real joker.

“He had al­ways worked in fac­to­ries and was very well trained.

“He had worked for Camtrex for about three years and loved it there.”

The in­quest re­vealed that one of Mr Pea­cock’s best friends had died just nine days be­fore the ac­ci­dent, and work col­leagues had de­scribed him “be­ing down” dur­ing the week he died.

Work­mate Paul Stevens said Jamie was “loved” by all his col­leagues, and his work was al­ways car­ried out well and safely.

But on the af­ter­noon of March 22 Mr Pea­cock, who worked as a steel slit­ter, be­came trapped be­tween two steel coils as he op­er­ated a crane to move them. CCTV footage shown dur­ing the in­quest failed to cap­ture the ex­act mo­ment he be­came trapped.

Work col­leagues rushed to help him and paramedics car­ried out CPR at the scene. Mr Pea­cock was taken to hospi­tal but died five days later.

The Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive car­ried out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and found the ac­ci­dent was likely to be the re­sult of hu­man er­ror.

Camtrex said they had in­creased train­ing and safety guide­lines fol­low­ing his death, and the jury con­cluded Mr Pea­cock’s death was an ac­ci­dent.

Coroner Mrs Louise Hunt, said: “No words can de­scribe the ef­fect this has had on Jamie’s fam­ily. It was a tragic ac­ci­dent and I send my con­do­lences to all of you.”

> Jamie Pea­cock, right, with his fa­ther

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