A QUARRY worker who died when a heavy crusher slipped and fell on top of him was the victim of a tragic accident, an inquest heard.
At an inquest in Hexham this week, Northumberland coroner Eric Armstrong said the 43-year-old would probably not have been killed if the machine had not been left active.
The inquest heard how Mr Ward, a fitter, was responsible for maintaining the crusher and had been checking out a problem with the bearings.
His death led to a Health and Safety Executive investigation, which uncovered a mechanical fault.
Summing up, Mr Armstrong said: “Realistically, if the key had been taken out, Gary Ward would probably have been with us today.”
After deliberating for 90 minutes, the jury returned a verdict of death as a result of an accident.