Furloughed JCB worker collapsed and died after drinking more during lockdown
A furloughed JCB worker collapsed and died suddenly at his home after drinking too much, an inquest heard.
Craig Batkin, 53, was found lying at the bottom of the stairs at his house after suffering a cardiac event.
An inquest was told his death was probably triggered by the amount of alcohol he had drunk on May 17.
Mr Batkin, of Brixham Close, Berryhill, worked as a fabrication team leader at JCB Excavators, but had been off work since November after undergoing a knee operation.
In a statement, his wife Lisa Batkin said that this led to him drinking more alcohol than he usually would.
She said: “He was drinking more because he was stuck at home. When he was due to go back to work he went on furlough which in turn made him depressed, which made him drink more. He was never drunk or falling about.
“On the day he died he drank and ate as he always did. He prepared Sunday lunch that morning and we had visited friends to deliver a present. Nothing was unusual. He did not say he was unwell. He did not seem drunk in any way.”
Mrs Batkin said they were getting ready to go upstairs to bed on the evening of May 17 when she heard a “thud” and found Mr Batkin lying unresponsive at the bottom of the stairs. Paramedics attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A post-mortem examination revealed the cause of Mr Batkin’s death was left ventricular hypertrophy – an enlargement of the left heart chamber – due to high blood pressure and obesity.
Acute alcohol toxicity was given as a contributory factor, after a high level of alcohol was detected in Mr Batkin’s blood.
Consultant pathologist Dr Mark Stephens said: “In my view the principal cause of death is due to an acute ischemic cardiac event related to hypertension, obesity and alcohol.”
Assistant coroner Margaret Jones concluded that Mr Batkin’s death was alcohol-related. She said: “It does seem Craig had been a user of alcohol for some time. It got worse closer to his death.
“Dr Stephens favours a cardiac arrhythmia causing the fall or collapse. It is entirely probable that the alcohol triggered that.”
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