Felixstowe: Dock worker died from heart attack on shift

FELIXSTOWE: A diabetic suffered a fatal heart attack as he read the newspaper, an inquest heard.

Richard Caddick, 40, of Hadleigh, was working at the Port of Felixstowe on September 30 this year when he collapsed.

Reading statements provided by his co-workers in the wake of his death, HM Coroner Dr Peter Dean said yesterday: “He was in his workplace reading the paper when he suddenly stood up and made a comment.

“Then he collapsed on to the floor, hitting his head.”

Dr Dean, sitting at Ip-City, in Bath Street, Ipswich, said that Mr Caddick was making a groaning sound as his colleagues at Trinity Gate awaited the arrival of paramedics.

On arrival, the ambulance crew tried to resuscitate Mr Caddick but their efforts to revive him were in vain and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post mortem showed Mr Caddick died from a cardiac arrest with diabetes and a coronary condition being contributory factors. Reports from his GP gave a detailed log of his medical history.

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Taking on board the evidence before him, Dr Dean recorded a verdict of natural causes and offered his condolences to Mr Caddick’s relatives before closing the inquest.