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Horseshoe game led to death on pylon.

A GAME that involved throwing horseshoes turned to tragedy when a 21-year-old fell from a pylon after being electrocuted with 11,000 volts.

Stuart Phillip Buxton climbed up a wooden pole in a field at the back of the Toyota factory on the Deeside Industrial Estate, to retrieve two horseshoes on May 18 last year. But he touched a live high voltage cable which electrocuted him, and fell 20ft suffering multiple broken bones, an inquest in Ruthin heard yesterday.

Despite attempts to save Mr Buxton, of Golftyn Drive, Connah's Quay, by his friends and paramedics, he was declared dead at the scene.

The 21-year-old was with brothers James and John Doran, who referred to him as PJ, had a gone to the field to see horses and relax and a game called horseshoe was suggested - for which nine were needed. There were horseshoes strewn about and Mr Buxton spotted another up an electricity pylon.

He tried to dislodge the horseshoe with another, but that got stuck and he started to climb the pole to get them, despite protestations from the Doran brothers.

James Doran said: "I said 'PJ get down', but he kept trying to get them, and he kept saying he knew what he was doing.

"We heard this boosh and I saw him flying through the air and hit the ground."

Health and Safety Executive inspector John Chamberlain said anti-climbing measures and warning signs were in place on the pylon which complied with standards.

Yesterday a jury recorded a conclusion of death by misadventure.
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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Aug 1, 2013
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