A man was found dead in his car after taking a drugs overdose, two and a half years after suffering an accident at work in Boston which left him in excruciating pain.
An inquest in Spilsby heard how Richard Leonard Holland, of York Way, Skegness, had ingested high levels of painkiller Oxycodone and antidepressant Amitriptyline which, together, may have had a toxic effect.
Mr Holland, who was found at Slates Farm in Gayton le Marsh, had suffered severe pain in his abdomen while working with heavy steel parts in September 2011, later diagnosed as a hernia for which he had surgery.
He had been working for DS Gears in Boston at the time and, despite trying to resume his career he was unable to do so after being made redundant when the firm closed in 2012.
Mr Holland’s daughter, Becky, told the inquest that in December 2013 her dad had said : “I won’t be around much longer, look after your mother when I’m gone”.
However, his comments were assumed to be a joke at the time.
Assistant Coroner Richard Marshall concluded that while Mr Holland was clearly in considerable pain and depressed, he could not be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt he had intended to take his own life.
Mr Marshall recorded a verdict of drug-related death.