MW will be representing the family of Mark Seward at the inquest today. Mr Seward was tragically killed in a workplace accident on 27 May 2015 whilst working for AGD Equipment Limited at their premises in Stratford-upon-Avon. He was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry but was pronounced dead soon after arrival.
Partner and Head of Personal Injury
Mr Seward’s widow, Tracey, has been supported throughout by hers and Mark’s families and in particular by her brother, Michael Lancaster of the GMB.
Tracey’s solicitor, Helen Clifford, Partner and Head of Personal Injury at McMillan Williams Solicitors, comments
“We are attending the Inquest today to ascertain the events surrounding Mark’s death. We are working closely with the police and HSE who have carried out a very thorough investigation, for which the family is grateful. Mark’s death is a tremendous loss to his family. They would like lessons to be learned to prevent another family going through the same trauma.”
Helen is a staunch campaigner for Health and Safety in the construction industry and adds
“I was contacted by Families Against Corporate Killers (FACK) very soon after Mark’s death and have been involved in every aspect of the Inquest process. It is of considerable importance that families are represented from as early a stage as possible. I work closely with FACK and the Hazards Campaign. I support their campaign for strong laws and strong enforcement. In 2016 no one should lose their life at work”
At the Inquest held on the 29th March 2016, the Jury’s conclusion was accidental death. However, the Jury pointed out that there were a number of additional relevant features to the case. Namely:
• No specific Risk Assessment or method statement for the task being completed by Mr. Seward.
• No clear labels on the controls of the pump being used
• No instruction manual for the pumb being used
• The pump was capable of delivering pressures greater than 800 Bar, more than 3 times greater than the normal operating pressure of the cylinder.
• Additional pressure guages to understand the residual pressure of the cylinder had not been used. The pressure relief valve was set to maximum pressure.
• Pilot operated check valves on the cylinder maintained the test pressure applied.
Mr David Clark, Assistant Coroner for the coroner area of Warwickshire, listed a number of concerns in his report to AGD Equipment Ltd and to the Construction Plant-Hire Association. The purpose of those reports is to prevent future deaths.