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Work accident news – Yorkshire steel firm fined after fatal work accident

19th October 2012

The 47-year-old man had been working in the steel industry since leaving school, and on the day of the incident had been moving an overhead travelling crane from one area of the industrial unit to another.

However the crane had been supporting an eight and a half metre long steel girder, and as the machine moved a piece of the equipment caught the girder and caused it to fall from its position.

Tragically, the girder, which weighed one and a half tonnes, landed on the worker, causing him crush injuries which resulted in his death.

An investigation by the HSE revealed that the crane was moved from one area to another regularly. An inspector stated that the employer needed only have completed a suitable risk assessment in order to have been able to prevent the work accident.

The steel firm was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £42,471.

Now that his former employer has been found liable, the family of the deceased may choose to launch a fatal accident at work claim for the loss of their loved one.

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