A father and son set off from their Sheffield home one Monday morning, heading for the metal recycling factory where they worked together. Completely unaware of the catastrophe awaiting them later that day.
The father, Michael Dwyer, was tragically killed carrying out his normal work duties after a large steel metal casting fell on him. His son watched in horror as his dad was crushed to death. It’s a heart-breaking story that should never have happened as all Mr Dwyer was doing was his job.
Michael Dwyer was one of four South Yorkshire workers that were killed in an accident at work during the 2013/14 financial year.
Statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that fatal work accidents in the Yorkshire and Humber region as a whole are on the increase with 17 people having died at work in 2013/14 compared to 15 fatalities the previous year.
Health and Safety Executive Wants Yorkshire Employers to Do More
The HSE has now urged Yorkshire employers to review their health and safety procedures and make the wellbeing of staff their highest priority. They pointed to construction, manufacturing and waste and recycling as the industries carrying the most risk and therefore having the greatest need for improvement.
Commenting on the fatal injury statistics John Rowe, Head of Operations for HSE said, “We can still go further and challenge the industries where there is room to do more to protect worker safety.”
“Workplace conditions have improved dramatically in the past four decades, but as employers plan and prepare for the new financial year they need to ensure that health, safety and welfare is a clear focus.”
The increase in fatal work accidents in our region is a huge concern. My thoughts are with the families and colleagues of those who have tragically lost their lives whilst at work. I agree entirely with the HSE in that more can, and indeed should be done to ensure the safety of workers.
Matthew Tomlinson is a Senior Personal Injury Lawyer at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK specialising in fatal work accident compensation claims.
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