Man died accidentally after being crushed by cables

Sessions House, Northampton
Sessions House, Northampton

A man who was crushed by two-tonne cables at a Wellingborough warehouse died accidentally, a jury has decided.

Warehouse worker Peter Paterson was struck by six heavy-duty armoured cables when they fell from the wall 55 feet above him at Musgraves and Partners warehouse and distribution centre in the Park Farm industrial estate.

A two-day inquest at Sessions House in Northampton concluded yesterday (Wednesday, October 16).

Mr Paterson, 61, suffered trauma to the head and cervical spine and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The court heard contractors for electical work removed redundant cabling at night and during the weekends, stripped the cable of its armour and insulation, and sold the resultant copper for its scrap value.

The jury ruled that Mr Paterson’s death was accidental death as a direct result of unnecessary removal of cables at height where they were not suitably secured.

It was not established who attached the plastic cable ties and why the method of securing was different to elsewhere on site.

Since the inquest concluded, the Borough Council of Wellingborough has announced it is considering whether to seek any criminal prosecutions under health and safety legislation.