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FALLING STEEL FATALITY

Man has died on a construction site at a garden centre

The BBC have reported that a 58-year-old man has died whilst unloading a lorry. He is understood to have been struck by a quantity of steel which fell from the truck at the garden centre which is being extended. Police and the HSE are both carrying out inquiries into the incident. The company described it as a “terrible accident”. In a statement, it added that thoughts were with the family of the man involved and the company was co-operating fully with the HSE to establish exactly what happened.

Comment: This is the second death involving a person being struck by falling steel in recent months. There is published industry guidance available which indicates the precautions that can be taken when loading and unloading steel from vehicles.

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2 Responses to “FALLING STEEL FATALITY”

  1. RECENT CONSTRUCTION FATALITIES | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

    […] Inverness – Guardrails in 2 rows along a flatbed lorry stood on far side of lorry during unloading. Fork lift truck forks extended beyond nearside guardrails and caught far side guardrails causing them to tople onto lorry driver” […]

  2. UNLOADING STEEL SAFELY | PP Construction Safety News Desk Says:

    […] Comment: In the last 12 months there have been two deaths on UK construction sites involving unloading of steel. This incident, though thousands of miles away, should act as a further reminder of the potential consequences when off-loading steel goes wrong and of the required precations.   […]