A man was struck by a steel girder in a dangerous work accident at a steel plant.
The accident happened to an unnamed 46 year old man back in September 2011. He was working for Sherling Steel UK Ltd, at their premises in Barnsley.
The details of the accident are reported as follows. On the Friday before the accident, the man brought two steel girders into the workshop. He put them on the rollers that were the start of the shotblasting and painting line.
After this, the man packed up for the weekend before returning on Monday. When he returned, he set the rollers running, forgetting the girders were still on further down. He passed through a screen to put cling film on the rollers but was struck in the back by one of the moving girders as he was doing so.
He was pushed to the floor and suffered serious bruising and damage to his leg.
A Health and Safety Executive investigation reached a decision on the cause of the accident. No safety guards were in place to prevent access to the rollers whilst the machine was operational. Also, no risk assessment had been undertaken for work on the machine. It was also discovered by the HSE that staff regularly applied cling film to the rollers whilst they were moving.
The accident has resulted in the steel company being called in front of Magistrates in Barnsley this week. After pleading guilty to breaking health and safety regulations, they were fined £20,000.