Steelworker dies after falling metal bar strikes him on head…
A steel manufacturing company and a contractor have been hit with a £320,000 fine after a steelworker died when a falling metal bar him at the steel plant in Redcar.
The 29 year-old accident victim was working on relining a steel furnace when the tragic incident occurred on 12 April 2008.
The man was hit on the head by a metal bar that fell from a height of 10 metres from a lift that was directly above the area in which he was working. He died from the massive head injuries he sustained as a reuslt of the accident.
The subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the steel manufacturing company didn’t have the necessary safety precautions in place that might have prevented the accident. The company was particularly negligent with regard to guarding against the risks associated with working at height.
Teesside Crown Court heard that both the steel manufacturer and the contractor that employed the accident victim were aware of the specific risks at the plant but nonetheless didn’t intervene in order to alleviate these risk situations.
The two defendants both pleaded guilty to to breaching regulation 10(1), of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The contractor was fined a total of £200,000 while the steel company had to pay a fine of £120,000. Both companies were required to pay costs of £24,020.
HSE Inspector Richard Bulmer spoke after the hearing had concluded:
“The man’s tragic death may have been prevented had the companies made simple and adequate provisions to protect employees working beneath work and lift platforms.
“The risks associated with work at height are well known, as are the necessary safeguards. Yet on this occasion the precautions taken to prevent people or objects from falling were wholly insufficient and sorely lacking.”
Author: Julian Roberts
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