Steelmakers to be prosecuted over death


A worker, died in 2003 after he was hit in the neck by a heavy plate whilst performing a routine task at the steelmakers in Llanelli. Following a verdict of accidental death at an inquest in 2005, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed the firm will be prosecuted over the death.

A spokesman for the firm said: "It was a profoundly tragic incident.”

"When an accident happens like that on any of our works, there is an immense sense of loss among the workers.”

"A full investigation took place and the HSE was called in as a matter of course.”

"We are as concerned as they are to make sure we are as safe at work as we possibly can be."

All employees have the right to work in safe environments and be made aware of any potential risks. Therefore by virtue of statutory regulations, such as the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 a number of duties are placed upon Employers to protect those Employees from such potential harmful risks. Should an Employer disregard those duties and an accident or even a death occurs, the HSE has an obligation to investigate and in those serious cases prosecute the offending Employer.

It is extremely tragic when an accident such as this occurs but often the family and /or dependants of an accident victim do not realise that they may be entitled to compensation as a result of a loved ones death or serious injury.

At Simpson Millar LLP we are able to offer advice to those family members and/or dependants of accident victims where a death or serious injury has resulted.

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