Multinational steelmaker Corus has been forced to pay GBP 240,000 after a lorry driver was crushed to death while at work.
Three tonnes of steel plates fell on 22-year-old Ross Beddow, at the firm’s site in Wombourne, Staffordshire.
Had he survived the accident he may well have sought advice from an injury lawyer, as accidents at work can result in payouts of thousands of pounds.
As well as the fine of GBP 240,000, Corus was also ordered to pay GBP 112,500 in costs at Stafford Crown Court after it pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Health and Safety Executive inspector Dr Wai-Kin Liu provided advice that could prevent employers from facing injury claims in the future: "All the steps involved in an overall task should be analysed to create a safe system of work, and the consequences of something going wrong should always be taken into account."
Last month, the North-West Evening Mail reported that hundreds of thousands of pounds have been paid out in injury claims over the past four years by Cumbria County Council for pothole and pavement accidents.
Posted by Wayne Weir