The crane operator saw Mr Hall in the path of the crucible and shouted a warning while stopping the movement of the crane. The crane stopped but the load swung forward hitting Mr Hall on the right side of the head. He was taken to Northern General hospital where he was pronounced dead.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident at Atlas Works, Carlisle Street East, Sheffield, found that:
- the company had not reviewed risk assessments and safe systems of work for nine years;
- many employees who operated cranes had received no refresher training for between 6-10 years; and
- the training programme for new starters was inadequate.
ATI Speciality Materials Limited, of Cyclops Works President Way, Sheffield, was fined a total of £160,000, with costs of £72,321 after pleading guilty to offences under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
Andrea, Nigel’s partner said: “The aftermath of Nigel dying was a terrible terrible time and I try to put it out of my mind but I can’t always, my biggest regret of it all is that the lovely extended family unit that we had has been shattered, Nigel was the glue that held everything together, and it proves that he was because it has all fallen apart now that he has gone. But I’m not going to give up, I am going to live my life because that is what he would have wanted me to do, when we were together we were a match we just fitted together and he would be really angry if I didn’t carry on.”
HSE Inspector Carol Downes said: “This loss of life could have been entirely prevented. Employers have a duty to ensure safe systems of work are continually reviewed when there are significant changes in the way work is carried out. Working practices should be clear, safe and properly communicated to employees.”
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