Car mechanic's death a 'tragic accident', coroner rules

The death of a car mechanic who was crushed under the vehicle he was working on was a "tragic accident", an inquest into the incident has ruled.

Nigel Pugh, who was 53 when the accident occurred on 27 November 2014, was killed when the axles gave way on the car he was repairing. The coroner John Ellery ruled that Mr Pugh died as a result of crushed chest injuries but said that it was an accidental death that could not be blamed on anybody.

Tragic accidents can occur in any walk of life, but car mechanics are more prone to suffering injuries due to the heavy machinery they work with. That is why anyone running a car garage must have employer's liability cover as part of their combined motor trade insurance policy so that they have financial protection in case a member of staff should suffer an injury in the workplace.

According to the Shropshire Star, Mr Pugh had been working under a car in his own workshop when the axle snapped and the car fell on him. He was later found by two friends, who freed the father-of-five and called an ambulance.

However, despite the friends' attempts to perform CPR on Mr Pugh he was declared dead at the scene.

The coroner’s officer told the hearing: “This appears to be a tragic accident.

“He was working under a vehicle when the axle support had become insecure and gave way which caused the vehicle to fall onto him.

“Nobody else was involved and it is not suspicious.”