Family's tribute to forklift driver

A DEVASTATED family have today paid tribute to their kind and happy relative who died when a forklift truck he was repairing fell on top off him.Carl Nunn died as a result of the accident which crushed his skull last March, and today the company he worked for, Lowestoft-based Lift Truck Rentals, is still facing the possibility of criminal prosecution.

A DEVASTATED family have today paid tribute to their kind and happy relative who died when a forklift truck he was repairing fell on top off him.

Carl Nunn died as a result of the accident which crushed his skull last March, and today the company he worked for, Lowestoft-based Lift Truck Rentals, is still facing the possibility of criminal prosecution.

The jury in yesterday's inquest into Mr Nunn's death recorded a verdict of accidental death after hearing how a faulty forklift truck he was underneath fell on him while the 31-year-old was working at Sea Transport in the Ransome's Europark industrial estate.

Today Mr Nunn's brother paid tribute to the mechanic who made everyone smile.

Darren Nunn said: “If you met Carl you'd never forget him. His life was for the living and he didn't hurt anyone.

“He was happy-go-lucky and never had a day off work.”

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He added that Mr Nunn, of Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft, had a passion for football and was the manager of the Waveney Gunners club.

Mr Nunn's father, Terry, added: “It is not just the family who miss him; he had a lot of friends.

“He was one of the most kind and special people you were ever likely to meet.”

Members of Mr Nunn's family wept during the inquest as they heard how workers had discovered his body under the forklift truck with blood coming out of his head because the truck had not been supported off the ground well enough.

As a result of the accident the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued Lift Truck Rentals with three improvement notices, all of which were complied with.

However Malcolm Crowther from the HSE said there were serious doubts about whether the blocks of wood Mr Nunn had in his van to hold the forklift truck up were adequate and he added: “We are still considering our investigation.”

Tim Mason, director of Waveney Fork Truck Ltd, the sister company of Lift Truck Rentals, said: “The company Waveney Fork Truck Ltd has co-operated fully with both the police and HSE investigations.

“Any lessons that can be learned from the tragic accident have been learned and new procedures, where appropriate, put in place.

“Carl was a very valuable and much-liked member of the team who is deeply missed.

“The company wishes to extend its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Carl.”

Would you like to pay a tribute to Carl Nunn? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.