Steel company fined over £1.5m after death of onsite maintenance electrician

Large UK steel company, Tata Steel, have been ordered to pay a fine of more than £1.5m after an onsite electrical maintenance electrician was fatally crushed whilst performing his inspections at the Tata Steel Scunthorpe site. Mr Standerline was undergoing his inspections, when an overhead crane sadly swung across on top of the cage he was in.

After investigations were carried out by the Health and Safety Executive, it was found that Tata Steel had failed to enforce its own safety procedures, this despite having two previous incidents before the Scunthorpe incident. Tata Steel plead guilty to breaching Section 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and were subsequently fined £1.4 million with costs of £140,000.

Kirsty Storer, the HSE’s principal inspector was quoted saying: “This tragic loss of life could have been avoided had the company adhered to and enforced its own safety procedures. Despite two previous incidents sharing features with the one which ultimately cost Mr Standerline his life, the company failed both to take these as a warning sign and to act on safety recommendations.”