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David Chandler inquest opens

UK: The inquest into the death of 45-year-old refrigeration engineer David Chandler at the Carlsberg brewery in Northampton in 2016 opened yesterday.

Northamptonshire Coroner’s Court heard that Chandler, who worked for lift-and-shift company Speedrite, died of ammonia inhalation while working at Carlsberg’s Northampton site.

Mr Chandler had been working on a contract led by energy efficiency company Crowley Carbon, part of which involved the removal of a redundant compressor, which had been unused for at least two years.

According to BBC reports, coroner Philip Barlow said pipe work for the unit had previously been disconnected, but during an attempt to move it there was a release of ammonia gas.

The inquest is set to run until July 3.

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