By Aliki Kraterou For Mailonline
Published: 16:10 BST, 10 October 2020 | Updated: 17:58 BST, 10 October 2020
A man who had turned to alcohol due to being furloughed was found dead at the foot of the stairs by his wife after suffering cardiac arrest, an inquest hears.
Craig Batkin, 53, had been furloughed for two months by the JCB digger company when he collapsed at his home in Stoke-on-Trent an inquest heard.
His death was caused by a cardiac event, probably triggered by the amount of alcohol he had drunk on the day of May 17.
Craig Batkin collapsed at his home at Brixham Close in Berryhill, Stoke-on-Trent, on May 17
Mr Batkin, of Berryhill, worked as a fabrication team leader at JCB Excavators but was signed off work in November after a knee operation.
He was due to return to work in March, but was furloughed due to Covid-19.
His wife Lisa Batkin said in a statement that being furloughed 'made him depressed, which made him drink more'.
She said: 'He was drinking more because he was stuck at home.