Fatal accident at work results in HSE prosecution

Two companies have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a fatal accident at work occurred.

Victim hit on the head by a metal bar.

Kristian Lee Norris, 29, from Middlesbrough, was working for Vesuvius UK Limited and was re-lining a steelmaking furnace at Teesside Cast Products, owned by Tata Steel UK Limited, when a fatal accident at work occurred in April 2008.

He was hit on the head by a 2 foot long metal bar that had fallen approximately 10 metres from a passenger and goods lift overhead.

The HSE investigation revealed that there were not adequate precautions in place to control the risks from falling tools or other materials.

The fatal accident at work occurred on the failing of both companies, and both defendants were aware of the problems but allowed work to continue.

Swain & Co.’s personal injury lawyers say that this tragic fatal accident at work could have been prevented had both companies made simple and adequate provisions to protect the employers that worked underneath work and lift platforms.

The risks of working at height are well known and documented, as are the health and safety guidelines. However, on this occasion the precautions taken to prevent people or objects from falling just were not sufficient and were distinctly lacking.

Losing a loved one is traumatic in any circumstances; to lose them due to others failings means that you may need answers as to what and how things happened.

We are experienced in getting you those answers and also the compensation you and your family need.

See our Fatal Accident claims page for more information or call us for free on 0800 0351 999


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