A RETIRED company director died after being trapped under the arm of a loader while working at his Rishton farm.
An inquest heard that nobody saw the tragic incident which led to the death of Tony Taylor, 66, at Windy Bank Farm off Whalley Old Road, and coroner Michael Singleton said the cause would always be subject to "considerable conjecture".
But a Health and Safety Executive expert said that legislation introduced in 1996 would have prevented the accident.
William Mutree told the inquest the change in the law meant the vehicle would have been disabled as soon as the driver left the seat.
But the legislation was not backdated and Mr Taylor’s skid steer loader was manufactured in 1986.
Kathleen Taylor told the inquest her husband had been suffering occasional dizzy spells and pathologist Dr Richard Prescott, who carried out the post-mortem examination, said that heart disease can lead to "funny turns" that could cause a person to lose control of a vehicle.
Mr Mutree said his investigation had revealed evidence that the bucket on the loader had struck a cow shed wall.
He put forward a number of possible explanations for the incident but said they were all speculative.
He said the most likely sequence of events was that after striking the wall, for whatever reason, Mr Taylor had parked the machine, lifted the bucket and got out to inspect the damage.
"It is possible he caught his jacket on the lever as he got out, causing the bucket to come down," said Mr Mutree.
Mr Singleton said it was clear that at some stage the machine had hit the cow shed wall.
"Whether that was an error of judgement or a consequence of him suffering some form of dizzy spell is a matter of conjecture," said Mr Singleton.
"In some way Mr Taylor had then exited the vehicle and caused the bucket to fall, trapping him."
The medical cause of death was given as asphyxia due to compression injury to the neck and chest. Mr Singleton recorded a verdict of accidental death.