An inquest into the death of a builder from Felixstowe on a building site more than three years ago is expected to commence in April this year.

Dale Baker, 30, died on December 15, 2020, after part of the building he was working on in Haughgate Close, Woodbridge, collapsed.

At the time of his death, he was working as a casual labourer for Hinton Wood Construction East Anglia that day, having previously worked for the company on this and other sites.

A further hearing into Mr Baker’s death took place at Suffolk Coroners’ Court in Ipswich on Friday, February 23.

Those gathered heard that Mr Baker was working at the rear of the property on December 15, when a loud bang was heard at around 4.30pm.

He was located in a large hole, approximately 10 feet deep. A large amount of concrete had separated from the foundations of the conservatory, falling on top of the 30-year-old. 

At the time, it was reported that an open trench had collapsed, leaving Mr Baker trapped beneath rubble and fallen material after the concrete footing of the conservatory adjacent to the trench had given way.

Medics, including an air ambulance crew, were called to the incident, but Mr Baker was pronounced dead at around 5.47pm.

An investigation was launched by the Health and Safety Executive in conjunction with Suffolk police's major investigation team.

An inquest into Mr Baker’s death was opened in March 2021. On Friday, the Senior Coroner for Suffolk Mr Nigel Parsley agreed for the inquest to be adjourned, due to the ongoing police investigation.

The inquest into Mr Baker’s death has been suspended until at least April 26.