Mechanic died when forklift fell on him

A popular mechanic died when the forklift truck he was repairing fell on top of him, an inquest has heard.Local football manager Carl Nunn, from Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft, suffered a crushed skull after he was sent to carry out the repair job at an industrial estate in Ipswich.

A popular mechanic died when the forklift truck he was repairing fell on top of him, an inquest has heard.

Local football manager Carl Nunn, from Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft, suffered a crushed skull after he was sent to carry out the repair job at an industrial estate in Ipswich.

Thirty-one-year-old Mr Nunn, who worked for Lowestoft-based Lift Truck Rentals, was found with blood coming from his head at Sea Transport in Ransome's Europark, the Ipswich hearing was told.

A jury returned a verdict of accidental death and it has emerged the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is still considering the findings of its investigation into the tragedy, which happened in March last year.

The truck had not been supported off the ground well enough and, as a result of the accident, the HSE issued Lift Truck Rentals with three improvement notices, all of which were complied with.

However, Malcolm Crowther, from the HSE, said there were serious doubts about whether the blocks of wood Mr Nunn had in his van to hold the forklift truck up were adequate and added: “We are still considering our investigation.”

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Speaking after the inquest, Mr Nunn's brother Darren said: “Whatever happens, we want lessons to be learned so this never happens to anyone again.”

Paying tribute to his brother, he added: “If you met Carl you'd never forget him. His life was for the living and he didn't hurt anyone. He was happy-go-lucky and never had a day off work.”

The two brothers lived together in Mallow Way and Mr Nunn said Carl was passionate about football and was manager of the Waveney Gunners club.

Mr Nunn's father Terry added: “It is not just the family who miss him - he had a lot of friends. He was one of the most kind and special people you were ever likely to meet.”

Tim Mason, director of Waveney Fork Truck Ltd, the sister company of Lift Truck Rentals, said: “The company Waveney Fork Truck Ltd has co-operated fully with both the police and HSE investigations.

“Any lessons that can be learned from the tragic accident have been learned and new procedures, where appropriate, put in place.

“Carl was a very valuable and much-liked member of the team who is deeply missed.

“The company wishes to extend its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Carl.”

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