01 May 2008
Company fined after worker sustained fatal injuries in accident
A steel manufacturing firm has been dealt a financial penalty after one of its workers sustained a fatal injury.
Corus UK was fined £170,000 plus £30,000 in costs after it admitted to breaching health and safety laws.
The accident occurred in July 2003 when a member of staff was working underneath a crane at a site in Rotherham - a town situated in South Yorkshire.
A limit switch which was fitted to the crane was defective, which meant that a hoist rope was able to over-tighten and snap.
Consequently, a 260kg block fell seven metres from the lifting device and crushed the employee. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Commenting on the case, Health and Safety Executive inspector David Bradley said: "The limit switch fitted to this crane to prevent over hoisting was a safety-critical device.
"It should have been properly maintained in a safe working condition and regularly tested. The fact that these simple measures were not taken led to this tragic death."