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Hitchin builder's drill crush death 'accidental'

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Image caption Andrew Constable was helping to build a new house in Swineshead, Bedfordshire

A builder who was crushed to death by a drilling machine died as a result of an accident, a jury concluded.

Andrew Constable was working alone on the foundations of a new house in Swineshead, Bedfordshire, when the equipment fell on him on 9 March 2018.

The 46-year-old was discovered by a cyclist who called an ambulance but Mr Constable died at the scene, Ampthill Coroner's Court heard.

Senior Coroner Emma Whitting recorded Mr Constable's death as an accident.

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Image caption The inquest heard Mr Constable's colleague was distressed when he saw what had happened

William Smith said he was on his daily cycle ride at about 15:00 GMT when he noticed a machine lying on its side in a shallow excavation in the High Street.

The cyclist said he turned and spotted the back of a jacket underneath the machine. After there was no response from the builder, Mr Smith went to a nearby house to call an ambulance.

A local farmer used his forklift to lift the machine away so Mr Constable's body could be removed.

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