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Company Fined After Worker Struck By Steel Bar

Monday February 13 2012



A BARNSLEY company has been fined £45,000 after a worker suffered head and brain injuries when he was struck by a 61kg steel bar.

Barnsley Council’s Regulatory Services prosecuted Shelley Steels Ltd, of Dodworth, after the employee was seriously injured in the incident on 8 March last year.

The company appeared before Barnsley Magistrate's on February 9 - the court heard that two employees were preparing an order for 10 steel bars when a two-metre steel bar flipped out from a combi-lift and struck the employee on the head. He suffered severe head and brain injuries and has been unable to return to work.

The company - which is based at Fall Bank Industrial Estate - was served an immediate prohibition notice after the incident which required the movement of steel stock to stop immediately until a safe system was implemented.


Cabinet spokesman Coun Roy Miller, said the incident was entirely preventable. “The company had failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment or implement a safe system of work for moving steel stock with the combi-lift.

“The lack of a safe system of work or suitable and sufficient risk assessments for loading and stacking of steel stock led directly to the employee’s serious injuries.”

The firm pleaded guilty to contravening Section 2 of Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Regulation 3 (1) and Regulation 3 (3) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. It was also ordered to pay £1,532 costs.

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