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Lowestoft offshore rig worker's death 'accidental', inquest concludes

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The death of an offshore rig worker who was crushed by an electrical panel was accidental, an inquest concluded.

Tyron Jones, 43, from Lowestoft, died on 5 December 2016 at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital after the 1,400kg panel toppled on to him.

He was working on a gas platform in the north sea, about 70 miles (110km) off the coast, at the time.

Perenco, the company which operates the platform, said steps had been taken to prevent a similar incident.

The inquest at the Norfolk Coroner’s Court in Norwich heard Mr Jones and two other men were lift-testing when the incident happened.

He died from multiple injuries.

‘Extremely thorough’

Duncan Adamson, from Perenco, said the company had already made improvements to avoid a similar incident in the future following a Health and Safety Executive investigation.

During the three-day inquest, it was heard Mr Jones was “extremely thorough and experienced”.

Perenco team leader Martin Francis told the jury the company had a “complex system of risk assessment”.

He said a piece of heavy electrical equipment “was not screwed into its crate and the authorised order of tasks was not followed” prior to Mr Jones’ death.


Source: BBC Suffolk