A steel manufacturer has been fined after a 65-year old worker was fatally crushed by a steel beam emerging from a machine pushed another beam and crushed him against a closed door.

After the incident in April 2015, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the machine had been in operation since 2013 and did not have the suitable safeguards to prevent the risk of crushing injuries. The HSE also found that the company failed to undertake an adequate risk assessment and its system of work was generally unsafe.

The company was fined £285,000 and ordered to pay costs of £29,961.48. HSE inspector Tariq Khan said: ‘This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the company to undertake a suitable and sufficient risk assessment and provide the necessary safeguards.’

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