Companies fined for safety failings after worker died at steel plant (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Companies fined for safety failings after worker died at Teesside steel plant
TWO companies have been fined a total of £320,000 for safety failings after a worker was killed by a falling metal bar.
Steel manufacturer Tata Steel and a specialist contractor were fined after the 29-year-old was hit on the head by a two foot long metal bar that fell approximately 10 metres from a passenger and goods lift overhead.
Teesside Crown Court heard today (29 January) that an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that adequate precautions were not in place to control the risks from falling tools or other materials.
The court heard how both defendants were aware of the problems but allowed the work to continue.
Vesuvius UK Limited, of Midland Way, Central Park, Barlborough, Lincolnshire, and Tata Steel UK Limited, of 30 Millbank, London, both pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 10(1), of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Vesuvius UK Limited was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £24,020. Tata Steel UK Limited was fined £120,000 and ordered to pay costs of £24,020.
After sentencing, HSE Inspector Richard Bulmer, said: “Kristian’s tragic death may have been prevented had Vesuvius UK Limited and Tata Steel UK Limited 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.”