Stressed manager found dead at Burnley firm

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A father-of-two who was found hanged at work had become stressed there in the months leading up to his death, an inquest has heard.

Mr David Campbell was found hanging from metallic shelving at Ultra Finishing Ltd in Widow Hill Road, Burnley, where he worked as a production maintenance manager.

His wife of 23 years, Hazel Campbell, said in a statement to Burnley Coroner’s Court that he had become stressed with work in the previous two months to him being found on February 25th. Mrs Campbell said: “David was finding work stressful and was very busy. He was having trouble sleeping but gave no indication he would do something like this.”

She added that the night before his death, Mr Campbell had been watching a film with his family but had gone to bed at 9pm because he wanted to get up early for work.

The couple had two sons aged 17 and 11-years-old.

The security guard who found Mr Campbell at around 6-30am has since been hospitalised with a heart condition.

Mr Trevor Bailey arrived for work at 6-20am and found the gate slightly open. Mr Campbell, who had responsibility for health and safety, was his boss and would often come in to work early.

Mr Bailey added: “David had his own set of keys and alarm code but I noticed the light wasn’t on in his office which was strange. I then found him in a warehouse. He was clearly dead.”

Mr Bailey needed treatment for shock after the discovery.

A police spokesman confirmed that a man matching Mr Campbell’s description had been recorded on CCTV footage walking down a corridor at 4-28am.

Pathologist Dr Abdul Al-Dawoud gave the cause of death as hanging. Toxicology tests showed no sign of drugs or alcohol in Mr Campbell’s system.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor recorded a verdict that Mr Campbell took his own life.