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Police will not prosecute anyone over factory death

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: June 11, 2014

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POLICE have decided not to prosecute anyone in connection with the death of crane engineer Joseph Harrison.

The 23-year-old suffered fatal injuries during a shift at ACB Hydraulics in Cheadle, where he had worked for five years.

Mr Harrison, of Lime Kiln Cottages in Congleton, died on September 24 last year.

A post-mortem examination revealed that the cause of death was compression of the chest with rib fractures.

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A pre-inquest review into his death, which took place on Wednesday, June 4, at North Staffordshire Coroners Court in Hartshill, heard Staffordshire Police officers had given all of their evidence and documents relating to the incident to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) this week for them to consider.

Her Majesty's North Staffordshire senior coroner Ian Smith has adjourned the inquest until September 9 to allow the HSE time to review the documents and determine if there have been any health and safety breaches.

He said: "The police usually take primacy in such a case, albeit with the HSE assisting them, and consider the issues of gross negligence, manslaughter and corporate manslaughter.

"The police and Crown Prosecution Service have decided not to pursue such prosecutions and to hand the matter over to HSE for them to consider whether there are any breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act, and there may be prosecutions under that act."

Mr Harrison grew up in Etruria and attended Thistley Hough High School and Reaseheath College in Nantwich. His boss at ACB, Adrian Baker, aged 51, of Foxt, was found dead at the factory two weeks after Mr Harrison died. Mr Harrison's parents, Carl Harrison and Maria Harrison, attended the pre-inquest review.

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