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Compensation news – Family of a man who died at work might choose to claim

11th September 2012

The 61-year-old worker had been employed by a Bradford-based food refrigeration company at the time of the incident.

He had been asked to dismantle a metal A-frame shelving unit, which weighed more than 220kg, so that the workplace could be re-organised.

While he was undertaking this task, the unit toppled and fell on top of him, causing him to strike his head on a piece of machinery and pinning him to the floor.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that the shelving had not been bolted down, and no one had conducted an assessment into the risks of moving and dismantling it.

The HSE inspector who investigated the case described the accident at work as “entirely preventable”, and stated that a “catalogue of errors” had led up to the employee’s death.

The firm was fined £110,000 for breaching health and safety regulations, and was ordered to pay £30,000 in court costs.

Now that the company has been found liable by the HSE, the family of the deceased might choose to bring a claim against them for the loss of their loved one.

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