Inquest into death of HGV driver making domestic pallet delivery to take place in November

Carol Millett
February 28, 2018


The inquest into the death of HGV driver Petru Pop will be heard by a jury in November this year.

Pop was crushed to death beneath a 1.1-tonne pallet of tiles, in November 2016 whilst making a tail-lift delivery to a residential address in High Wycombe.

The inquest will be held at Buckinghamshire Coroners Court and will take place on 5 November this year. 

The decision to call a jury was made by the senior coroner, following a second pre-inquest review of the case in December 2017.

Inquests involving juries are rare but can be called if the deceased death is caused by an accident at work, or if the continuance of the circumstances in which the deceased died is prejudicial to the health and safety of the public.

HSE recently concluded an investigation into pallet weights for tail lift vehicles. It is understood to include no limit on pallet weights and a requirement that drivers make a risk assessment of the safety of each tail-lift delivery, at point of delivery.



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Carol Millett

Carol Millett is an award-winning freelance journalist and currently a regular contributor to a variety of DVV Media titles including Motor Transport Magazine, Commercial Motor and Transport News.

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