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Several factors in man’s death, inquest jury told

Redditch Editorial 12th Feb, 2015 Updated: 18th Oct, 2016

A NUMBER of factors contributed to the death of a man hit on the head by a ramp while working at an Alcester firm.

Kevin Button, of Kent, was taken off life support five days after he suffered a severe head injury while working at Eclipse Tyres on Arden Business Centre.

A four-day inquest into his death at Warwickshire Justice Centre heard how the 56-year-old was underneath a ramp attempting to uninstall a vehicle scissor lift when the ramp ‘descended in an uncontrolled manner’.

Mr Button was struck on the head but despite being freed by a colleague, he then went on to suffer a cardiac arrest.

CPR was carried out for about 25 minutes before Mr Button was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he remained on life support until the machine was switched off in the early hours of December 7.

The inquest was told how the combination of his head injury and subsequent cardiac arrest had led to Mr Button being deprived of oxygen, which in turn had caused an anoxic brain injury.

Other contributory factors leading to the ramp having dropped included the severing of the hydraulic hose with an angle grinder, the failure of the locking mechanism as had been previously reported and the absence of any support system.

A narrative verdict was recorded by the jury.

An investigation into the incident by the environmental health team at Stratford District Council is still ongoing.

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