Torpoint forklift death: Brakes ‘in dangerous condition’ – BBC News

A forklift truck that toppled and crushed the driver to death had faulty brakes, an inquest has heard.

Andy Shattock, 55, died when he became trapped underneath the vehicle on an industrial estate where his company was based in Torpoint, Cornwall.

Mr Shattock, from Plymouth, was reversing the vehicle down a slope when it hit a curb and rolled in July 2018.

A forensic vehicle examiner said the brakes were “clearly defective and in a dangerous condition”.

Geoffrey Chapman tested the vehicle and found the brakes were “completely contaminated” with hydraulic fluid that had mixed with brake dust and turned into a paste.

He estimated the fluid would have been leaking for at least a month and found the truck had a braking efficiency of 15%.

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