Shed firm worker in forklift tragedy

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A WORKER died after being hit by a forklift truck at a shed company in Leeds, an inquest heard.

Andrew Hanshaw, a sawmill worker, was fatally injured in the accident at Woodlands Sheds.

Both the police and Health and Safety Executive are now investigating.

At the opening of the inquest into his death at Leeds Coroner’s Court yesterday, coroner David Hinchliff outlined brief details of the incident last Monday.

He said Mr Hanshaw, a married father from Woodnook Drive in Tinshill, was carrying a box of off-cuts when a side-loading forklift truck collided with him.

“In an attempt to avoid contact with the truck he had attempted to run past, but unfortunately the truck did not stop in time,” he said.

“There was contact between them, causing Mr Hanshaw to become quite seriously injured.”

Mr Hanshaw was taken to Leeds General Infirmary, but was confirmed dead about an hour later.

A post-mortem found he died of multiple injuries.

Mr Hinchliff added: “Because of the circumstances and because it was a workplace incident, there is involvement by both the Health and Safety Executive and West Yorkshire Police.

“Both of them will be doing detailed investigations and at some stage there will be a decision about which of those organisations has primacy in the inquiry.”

Tributes have been left on Mr Hanshaw’s Facebook page.

One, from John Conlon, said: “Rip Andy, true mate, you didn’t deserves this.”

Another, from Carly Carlin, said: “Bad things happen to good people and you were one of the nicest.”

Woodlands Sheds has offices in Calverley Lane in Rodley and a shop at Station Road in Horsforth. In a statement the company said directors and staff were “devastated”.

It added: “Andrew was a warm-hearted, kind and highly respected employee of the company who was always willing to help anyone in any way that he could.

“He was a fantastic asset to the business both as a member of staff and a person and will always be sorely missed by all.

“We wish to express our sincere condolences to Andrew’s family at what must be a very difficult time for them.”

Mr Hinchliff adjourned the inquest pending further enquiries.

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