Worker killed under three tonnes of steel tubes

Grant Prior 3 years ago
Share

A Sheffield structural steel company has been sentenced after a catalogue of safety failings led to a 42-year-old worker being killed when he was knocked off his lorry and then crushed by a three-tonne load of steel tubes.

Father-of-three Robert Ismay, from Thirsk, was delivering two bundles of 7.5-metre-long tubes to Daver Steels Ltd’s premises at Petre Street when the incident happened on 6 December 2012.

Sheffield Crown Court that what should have been a straightforward unloading operation was beset by errors and failings that left Ismay with fatal injuries.

Ismay, a visiting delivery driver, had parked his lorry on the road opposite the site.

No checks were made by Daver Steels to see what was to be offloaded or how the load was positioned.

A trained but inexperienced forklift truck driver was then told to lift the steel tubes, but the forks’ reach was too short so when they were raised, the bundles fell off and struck Ismay.

He was pushed off the trailer onto the pavement and was hit and fatally wounded by the bundles of steel tubes as they crashed down behind him.

The HSE investigation found Daver Steels:

  • Had not assessed the risks involved with loading and unloading so had no safe system of work in place
  • Had not provided instructions or sufficient training to staff
  • Failed to provide direction to workers, leaving them to develop their own practices including choosing how they offloaded, what equipment to use and where offloading took place

The court was told an inspection by Daver Steels of what was being delivered would have shown the only safe way to unload was to use a crane, which the company had, and to put the truck in the loading bay rather than leaving it on the busy road outside.

Instead there was no planning of the task and no communication between the site and the delivery driver.

Road users were also put at risk when the forklift blocked part of the road during the failed unloading attempt, the forks had an insufficient reach, and Mr Ismay was allowed to remain on the back of the lorry.

HSE told the court that Ismay’s death could have been avoided if simple planning and suitable instructions had been in place to control the risks.

Daver Steels Ltd, Sheffield, was fined £62,000 and ordered to pay £38,000 in costs after admitting safety breaches.

After the sentencing, HSE inspector Chris Gallagher said: “Unfortunately, this type of incident is not unique or new.

“What happened to Robert Ismay was a tragedy that has had devastating consequences for his wife, children and wider family.

“There was a series of safety failings by Daver Steels in this case.

“Key was its failure to put in place adequate control measures, which includes the provision of suitable instructions to employees and visiting workers so such tasks could be completed safely.

“Daver Steels should have taken responsibility for the driver’s safety and the delivery and unloading operation.

“Companies that receive deliveries to their premises have a duty to ensure that any unloading operation is carried out in a safe manner.”

Latest news

Willmott homes arm fined £1.25m over gas blunder

Court hears how residents were put at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
1 day ago

Eggborough gas-fired power station gains consent

Work could start by summer next year at North Yorkshire site
1 day ago

£100m Aberdeen Broadford Works village plan approved

Demolition work to start at historic former textile factory site
1 day ago

Go-ahead for £160m Leeds Monk Bridge scheme

McAlpine is on board as preferred contractor for the project
2 days ago

Opinion: Safety fines are getting out of control

We need more effective ways to improve safety than ever higher penalties
2 days ago

Shake-up for £2.9bn MoD hard FM contracts

Post-Carillion bid race for MoD estate and housing regional FM contracts
2 days ago

Wates set to start on £53m Portsmouth sports centre

Contractor understood to have won contract race for new university complex
3 days ago

Lack of skilled roofers prompts Marley new launch

Easy to install roofing roll compensates for lack of skilled workers
2 days ago

Caddick takes workforce plastic-free

Workers given aluminium drinks bottles in bid to bin single-use plastics
2 days ago

Wates wins 7th Leeds Wellington Place job

Work will start of £35m 4 Wellington Place project next month
3 days ago

Kier targets £50m disposals to cut £375m debt

Firm sets out debt reduction plan in robust year-end results
3 days ago

Betting Spy: Spurs to shrug off recent troubles

Tottenham can kick-start a win treble with Leicester and Crystal Palace
2 days ago

Keltbray concrete structures boss exits

Keltbray Structures MD Gordon Dunne on gardening leave
3 days ago

141 jobs axed as M&E specialist George Birchall fails

Larger FM business George Birchall Service avoids administration
3 days ago

Morgan Sindall bags £384m London scheme first phase

Hackney scheme includes an academy, leisure centre and six blocks of flats
3 days ago

Mace confirms £180m Olympic Park East Village deal

Firm will fine-tune its 'rising factory' method on the No6 East Village project
3 days ago

Contractor trials mixed reality headsets on school site

BIM and Microsoft HoloLens used to check M&E work
4 days ago

PM pledges extra £2bn for housing associations over 10 years

Longterm funding will be made available from 2022-2029
4 days ago

Jacobs to lead Edinburgh city centre transformation plan

Team will set out plan for historic overhaul of streets and public space
4 days ago

Costain and Galliford Try fined £2.8m after worker loses toes

Massive fine after accident at Cheshire water treatment works
4 days ago

Boost your online presence – join the new Enquirer Directory

New site for suppliers and buyers will showcase their products, services and latest stories
5 months ago

Van Elle shareholders stage AGM revolt

Shareholders block board's ability to issue new shares for acquisitions
4 days ago

£100m Bristol sports arena plan at Ashton Gate stadium

Sports and convention centre will be attached to Lansdown Stand
4 days ago

Balfour Beatty raises £43m from hospital stake sale

Balfour sells 50% stake in Fife Hospital PPP
4 days ago

Kier offloads pensions unit for £3.5m

Third party pension management business administers half of all police pension
5 days ago

Willmott Dixon clinches £38m Winchester sports centre

Work to start in Spring 2019 on major leisure and sports complex
4 days ago

Architect TP Bennett reaches record turnover

Manchester office grows on back of city building boom
4 days ago

Brexit migration plan would “cripple construction”

Industry pleas ignored over need for steady flow of low-skilled site workers
5 days ago

Wates wins £16m Stockport college revamp

Work is due to start in the early new year on Wellington Road Campus
4 days ago

Balfour Beatty pioneers plastic pylons in Scotland

140 composite poles installed by new helicopter crane in just five days
5 days ago

Contractor services