Thursday, October 22, 2015

News: Manufacturer fined after worker fatally injured


Rotherham construction experts, Macalloy, has been fined £200,000 after a worker was pulled into a machine and killed.

Based in Dinnington, Macalloy are world leaders in design, manufacture and supply of threaded bar and cable systems to engineering and construction projects across the globe.

Alan Gerrard, 47, from Rotherham, suffered fatal crush injuries when his clothing got caught in a machine which was used to apply adhesive tape to bars to stop corrosion.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that the father-of-two was an agency worker who had been working for the McCalls Special Products Limited, in Sheffield, for only three weeks when the incident occurred in January 2013.


McCalls Special Products Limited (trading as Macalloys), pleaded guilty to breaches of Section 2 and Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974 and was fined a total of £200,000. It must also pay £16,804 in costs.

Alan Gerrard's wife, Debra, said: "I am completely devastated at losing Alan. He was my soul mate and we had been together for 25 years. We shared everything and had a very happy life. I miss him in all kinds of ways. He was my world."

Denise Fotheringham, inspector at the Health and Safety Executive who investigated and prosecuted this case, said: "The law requires that employers take all reasonable steps to guard against access to such dangerous parts of machinery. This risk associated with this machine should have been assessed by the company – and it was not. It should have been adequately guarded – and it was not. Simple safety precautions would have prevented this awful incident happening."

The company moved to Rotherham in 2006 where they provide employment to 80 people and enjoy a turnover of £12m. Macalloy systems support impressive projects around the world including the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, Dubai International Airport, the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai and close to home, Clifton Park in Rotherham.

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