HSE report of Bradford worker fatal accident at work

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I read this morning of a worker in Bradford who was fatally injured at work when an unsecured metal racking unit fell on him and he hit his head and died from his injuries. The HSE took action against the company George Baker & Co and the company was fined £140,000 including costs. After the hearing, HSE Inspector Morag Irwin, who investigated the case, said –

"This was a tragedy that was entirely preventable and was devastating for Mr Murphy's family and, indeed, for the company and what is a close-knit workforce. Sadly the case was based on a catalogue of errors on the part of the company."

So sad to hear that in this day and age tragic and avoidable accidents like this still happen.

It is pleasing to note that the company was fully co-operative with the HSE and have now put systems in place to avoid a repeat of this dreadful accident. If only they had thought to do so beforehand. That is the whole purpose of the Health & Safety regulations -  to save lives and avoid injuries. Before condemning the regulations as too much red tape and too much of a burden on companies, perhaps they would like to think about Mr Murphy's family.


Julia Prior 

Associate - Personal Injury team

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