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- Posted on Mar 16th 2011 10:00AM by Chris Mugan
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Former ELO cellist Michael Edwards died instantly last September when a 400kg bale rolled 200ft down a hill and hit his water bottle delivery van on a road in Devon, as Spinner related at the time.
At the inquest, a Health and Safety Executive Inspector suggested the bale had not been secured properly, The Sun reports. After the verdict, Edwards' brother David released a statement asking the coroner to recommend the executive revise its guidelines on baling.
He said, "Michael's death was totally unnecessary and preventable if a proper assessment of the risks of carrying out a baling operation on a steeply-sloping field adjoining a public road had been carried out."
Inspector Simon Jones had told the jury, "My gut reaction was that there was a dangerous slope on that field ... It was foreseeable that such a bale would roll through the hedge and into the road."
Edwards played with the classically inspired rock group from their first gig in 1972 until he left in 1975.