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