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Corus fined after man dies in construction site accident

16th April 2010 | Construction Signs

Corus (UK) has been fined £240,000 and ordered to pay £122,500 in costs after a man died in an accident on one of its construction sites, highlighting the value of safety signs.

The 22-year-old, who was employed by A Hingley Transport, was helping to load steel plates on to a lorry at a site in Wimbourne on January 4th 2007.

Stafford Crown Court heard that a Corus crane driver was lifting a three-tonne steel pack from a trailer, but the load was not level and it eventually fell on the man and killed him.

Corus was hit with the financial penalty after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Dr Wai-Kin Liu revealed that investigations showed that the system for loading steel at the site was unsafe.

"This was a tragedy that could and should have been avoided," he said.

"Employers must develop a safe way of working that helps to prevent mistakes and reduces the severity of the consequences if they do occur."

Last month, Corus was fined £10,000 after an explosion occurred in a 75-metre-tall steel chimney in Scunthorpe in October 2007.

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