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JCB death family bid for answers

Accident scene
Mr Whateley died at the scene from his injuries

The family of a Northamptonshire man who died when a JCB fell on a car he was a passenger in has vowed to keep looking for answers after his inquest.

Tiler Michael Whateley, 28, of Delapre, was being driven to work by his brother when the accident happened at the Linden Homes site, Banbury, in January.

A jury returned a verdict of accidental death at his inquest on Wednesday.

But Mr Whateley's family said it was now waiting for the outcome of a report by the Health and Safety Executive.

Left on slope

In a statement the family said: "Nothing can fill the gaping hole in our hearts and lives Michael's death has caused our family.

"Our aim is to establish accountability and responsibility for this incident to ensure steps are taken to prevent it happening again."

Mr Whateley's brother, Robert, told Oxford Coroner's Court he saw the telescopic arm of the vehicle falling towards his car.

He shouted "duck" and reached for the ignition but before he knew it he was trapped, the inquest heard.

He called out to his brother but did not get a reply.

Jurors were told the JCB was was left on a slope overnight but was supported by safety extensions.

The inquest was also told the pressure on the vehicle's tyres was low which may have been a factor along with the wet and windy weather.


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