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Stressed HSBC bank worker leapt under train following regular HR calls ‘hassling’ him

Stressed HSBC bank worker, 46, leapt under train following regular HR calls ‘hassling’ him to return to work weeks after GP signed him off, inquest hears

  • Matthew Lyndon ‘crumbled’ when HSBC’s human resources repeatedly rang him
  • The bank administrator leapt from the platform at Stourbridge railway station
  • He was pronounced dead on the tracks at around 11.25am on January 16

Matthew Lyndon (pictured) jumped to his death in front of a moving train

A stressed bank worker jumped to his death in front of a moving train after being repeatedly hassled with calls from work while he was off sick, an inquest heard.

Matthew Lyndon is said to have ‘crumbled’ when HSBC’s human resources repeatedly contacted him after being signed off from work by his GP in December.

Black Country Coroner’s Court heard how the 46-year-old leapt from the platform in front of a train as it left Stourbridge Junction railway station on the morning of January 16. 

The day before his death he received text and voicemail messages from HSBC to say calls were going to be made to him about his absence, which ‘pushed him over the edge’.

The bank administrator, from Stourbridge, West Midlands, was struck by a Kidderminster to Dorridge train before being pronounced dead on the tracks at around 11.25am.

Assistant Coroner Emma Serrano said Mr Lyndon had recently sought help from BUPA as he had not been sleeping well and had been prescribed tablets for ADHD.

The court was also told a close relative of Mr Lyndon’s was deteriorating due to dementia and that he had not been ‘coping that well with his work at HSBC’.

She also revealed how his partner, Caroline Garrington had said work had ‘continually called him and asked him for weekly meetings or chats on the phone and this made him stressed and made him cry and be scared of HR’.

The coroner said Mr Lyndon’s partner ‘believes that the work were hassling him and pushed him over the edge as he seemed to be coping better and talked about cooking, shopping etc to his partner until he crumbled with the text and the voicemail’.

Black Country Coroner's Court heard how the 46-year-old leapt from the platform in front of a train as it left Stourbridge Junction railway station (pictured) on the morning of January 16

Black Country Coroner’s Court heard how the 46-year-old leapt from the platform in front of a train as it left Stourbridge Junction railway station (pictured) on the morning of January 16

She added: ‘The day before his death there was a text from work and voicemail messages to say calls were going to be made to him on Wednesday and Thursday that week – this is the day that he passed away and the day after.

‘He was very distressed about work trying to contact him and he was told by his doctor that they shouldn’t because he wasn’t fit enough to have those calls. I think further enquiries need to be made into this death.

‘CCTV confirmed it was a deliberate act and British Transport Police classed the incident as non-suspicious.

She told the court: ‘There are issues surrounding the information British Transport Police have, the driver’s account of the CCTV and their investigation saying there was nothing suspicious.

‘But in addition to that it appears to me that this man had been going to the doctor, he’d been to BUPA and to his GP regarding his stress and also there’s involvement from his work.

‘I would like further enquiries in relation to this to be made. I would like to take this opportunity to express my condolences to his family.’

The inquest was adjourned until March 28.

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