Coroner finds man's workplace death was avoidable

A CORONER has found that the death of Toowoomba man Simon Poxon, who died after being pinned between two vehicles, was completely avoidable.

Mr Poxon died in February 2013 after he was pinned between a reversing truck and a parked cherry picker at Sherrin Rentals depot in Torrington, Toowoomba.

It was his second day on the job.

Deputy State Coroner John Lock handed down findings this afternoon following an inquest into Mr Poxon's death.

He said a 19-year-old man had made the "inexplicable" decision to reverse the truck that pinned Mr Poxon.

Mr Lock said the man had been told to move the truck forward towards a fence line and that it was unclear why he decided to reverse it instead.

Mr Lock said the driver should have noticed the knuckle boom behind the bucket truck and that Mr Poxon and a co-worker - who had jumped out of the way in time - were standing there.

"The driver should not have reversed without first checking behind the bucket truck or utilising a spotter," Mr Lock said.
His findings also said the driver was young, inexperienced, "a bit cocky" and had been careless on two occasions.

But Mr Lock said it would be unfair to suggest that this should have raised red flags that the driver was unsuitable to perform his duties or that he was a danger to himself or others.

Mr Lock said evidence about the driving manner should be referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He said this did not mean that he was suggesting that there was enough evidence to bring charges. He said his referral was based on a "low threshold".

"As well, in this case there are clearly problems with aspects of how the evidence was obtained from the driver," Mr Lock said.

"The position is that it is simply not a matter for me to determine but for others to do so."

Toowoomba woman Marie Poxon was in Brisbane on Friday when the findings from her husband's inquest were handed down.Photo Pamela Frost
Toowoomba woman Marie Poxon was in Brisbane on Friday when the findings from her husband's inquest were handed down.Photo Pamela Frost Pamela Frost

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