Ipswich: Man Charged Over Dock Death

31 July 2012, 12:40

A man has been charged in connection with the death of a man at Ipswich Docks in December.

Paul Napier, a 48 year old lorry driver from Inglenook, Clacton-on-sea, Essex has been charged with manslaughter, wounding / inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent and Section 3 (2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 he will appear before Ipswich Magistrates Court on 20 August 2012.

Emergency services were called to a report of two men being crushed when a section of pontoon tipped off the back of a lorry which was parked on Cliff Road, Ipswich just before 6pm on Friday 16 December 2011.

Neville Wightman, who was 52 and from Ipswich died at the scene, and a 42 year old man from Lowestoft, was taken to Ipswich Hospital, with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

The charges today follow a joint investigation carried out by Suffolk Police and Health and Safety Executive.