Dock death charges involving Lowestoft man.

A man been charged today in connection with the death of a man and a serious injury to a Lowestoft man at Ipswich Docks.

Paul Napier, a 48 year old lorry driver from Inglenook, Clacton-on-sea, Essex has been charged with manslaughter, wounding / inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent and Section 3 (2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

He will appear before Ipswich Magistrates Court on August 20.

The charges relate to an incident at Ipswich Dock in December.

Emergency services were called to a report of two men being crushed when a section of pontoon tipped off the back of a lorry which was parked on Cliff Road just before 6pm on Friday, December 16


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Neville Wightman, who was 52 and from Ipswich died at the scene, and a 42 year old man from Lowestoft, was taken to Ipswich Hospital, with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

The charges today follow a joint investigation carried out by Suffolk Police and Health and Safety Executive.

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