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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Young dad was crushed by metal girder

    By David Brown on November 20, 2014

    A warehouse operator was tragically killed when he was crushed by a metal girder while working for a steel company, a court has heard.

    Mark Walker, who had a five-year-old son, died in the accident at work at CMC UK Ltd during a night shift, Cardiff Crown Court was told.

    The firm, of Ocean Way, Cardiff, has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations by failing to make sure a safe working system was in place.

    Accidental death

    But the case has been adjourned until March 2015 to enable further reports to be completed after Judge Stephen Hopkins QC heard that despite its plea the company does not agree with all the claims being made by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which has brought the prosecution.

    An inquest into Mr Walker’s death heard that nobody had witnessed the accident in June 2012. The 37-year-old worker had been involved in using a hoist chain to split large steel columns.

    The inquest jury returned a verdict of accidental death. It said Mr Walker had put himself in a position of entrapment and had been crushed by a falling column.

    Coroner Mary Hassell had said the type of crane being used, the tight space where the steel columns were being split and Mr Walker apparently putting himself in a dangerous area may all have contributed to the accident.

    Worker was ‘gifted father’

    Following the inquest Mr Walker’s partner Samantha Gilbert, their son Jackson, and his parents said he’d be deeply missed. His relatives said he would be remembered as a loving son and partner and as a gifted father.

    They said they hoped that as a result of Mr Walker’s death CMC UK would learn valuable lessons that would prevent anything similar happening again.

    Source: Wales Online

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