Slurry deaths ruled accidental

The inquests into the deaths of two men on a farm in Essex have returned verdicts of accidental death. Craig Whipps became submerged in a slurry tank at Albyns Farm in July 2011. His colleague Paul Gray was overcome by fumes as he tried to help him.

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Slurry deaths ruled accidental

Craig Whipps
Craig Whipps died in July 2011

The inquests into the deaths of two men killed on a farm in Essex have returned verdicts of accidental death.

27-year-old Craig Whipps, from Denton in South Norfolk, became submerged in slurry from a tank while working at Albyns Farm in Stapleford Tawney on the 15th of July 2011. His colleague Paul Gray was overcome by fumes as he tried to help him.

Jurors at Chelmsford Crown Court heard how the farm's owner had tried but been unable to save the two men. Post mortem examinations revealed that they died of immersion.

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Men died after release of toxic fumes

Paul Gray - a father to three daughters - and his colleague Craig Whipps died after gallons of slurry escaped from a tank at Albyns Farm in Stapleford Tawney near Romford, Essex, causing toxic fumes to be released into the air.

Lawyer Keith Barrett, who specialises in helping families who have lost loved ones in accidents at work, said: "The Gray family have been left devastated by the loss of Paul and they hope the inquest will provide answers about the circumstances that led to his death."

The inquest into their deaths is at Chelmsford Coroners Court and expected to last two days.