Scaffold played part in death

Jurors found that ‘unsafe scaffolding’ played a part in the death of an Ilkeston handyman.

Raymond Corner was found at the bottom of scaffolding the day after his 57th birthday in October 2010.

Paramedics and an air ambulance were called to Chapel Hill Farm, Heanor Road, where Mr Corner carried out odd jobs.

After almost three hours of deliberation the jury delivered a narrative verdict.

The foreman read: “Mr Corner’s death was a result of severe head injuries sustained in a fall from height.

“The fall occurred some time between 1.15pm and 1.30pm on October 22 2010.

“On balance of probabilities the fall was a result of Mr Corner losing his footing while on the top level of scaffolding.

“At the time of the fall he was painting the gable end of a farm building as part of a loose arrangement.

“The scaffolding on which he was working had been altered in such a way as to render it unsafe.

“In addition there were stacks of tiles on the top level which formed a hazard.”

A Health and Safety Executive investigation into Mr Corner’s death is ongoing.