The relatives of a delivery driver who was tragically killed by falling metal are seeking accident at work compensation.
Adrian Turner had been unloading his truck at Sims Metal in Newport, Wales when he was hit by a large bail of scrap metal. The bail was from a pile of scrap metal that was being worked on by Stephen Luckett adjacent to the delivery lorry. Mr Luckett had faced a charge of manslaughter for the incident but was found not guilty at trial. It was later decided that workers at the site did not fully comprehend the health and safety guidelines the company should have enforced.
Sims Metal Group Ltd. had previously pleaded guilty to charges relating to the Health and Safety Act. They were fined £200,000 at Cardiff Crown Court this week. They were also obligated to pay £5000 in funeral costs to Mr Turner’s widow. The company is still facing an accident at work compensation claim from the grieving family.
Since the accident, the firm has carried out a major overhaul of its health and safety procedures. It has introduced a video which all drivers must watch to guarantee that all workers are aware of safe working practices.
A statement from the family after the court case iterated the desire to see health and safety improved; “It should be an absolute priority to ensure death and injury to employees and others on site is avoided.”