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Haverhill warehouse worker Dzintars Klementjevs's body was mostly covered by pallets, inquest hears




A paramedic has described the moment he arrived at a Suffolk warehouse to try and save a man who had been crushed by pallets.

Warehouse worker Dzintars Klementjevs had been called to deal with a spillage at the Culina Logistics warehouse in Haverhill on November 22, 2018, an inquest in Suffolk Coroner’s Court was told.

But the 44-year-old cleaner died after a collision caused a ‘large amount’ of pallets to crash down on top of him.

Dzintars Klementjevs (49410082)
Dzintars Klementjevs (49410082)

Pc Niomi Harger described the few minutes leading up to the incident, after reviewing security camera footage, and then added that, at 1.26pm, racking ‘was seen to wobble and people began to congregate outside the aisle’.

The pallets and racking then crashed down on top of him and he was killed.

Neil Curry, a senior emergency medical technician at the East of England Ambulance Service, based at Haverhill, arrived at the scene about ten minutes later and said Mr Klementjevs was pinned against the floor scrubber he was driving.

Warehouse worker Dzintars Klementjevs had been called to deal with a spillage at the Culina Logistics warehouse in Haverhill on November 22, 2018.
Warehouse worker Dzintars Klementjevs had been called to deal with a spillage at the Culina Logistics warehouse in Haverhill on November 22, 2018.

The racking and pallets were covering the 44-year-old cleaner, the inquest was told, with most of his body under the heap.

Paramedics checked if he had a pulse, which he did not, and then were forced to retreat because of concerns that more pallets would fall on them.

Pathologist Dr Karl Love said Mr Klementjevs died as a result of a chest crush injury. Toxicology tests found no drugs or excessive alcohol in his system.

The inquest, held yesterday, was in its second day and a jury of four men and six women listened to the evidence at the Ipswich-based coroners court. It is not sitting today, but the three day inquest is expected to conclude on Thursday.

On Monday the cleaner's colleague Virginijus Galkus said he was operating a VNA (very narrow aisle) truck, a type of forklift used in warehouses, when there was a collision between his truck and Mr Klemenjev’s scrubber cleaning machine.

Speaking through an interpreter, he told the court: “The truck moved sideways because of the weight and all the pallets started falling down.”

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