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Coroner wants lessons learned after engineering firm boss killed in Sheffield

Police at the scene of Anthony Baines' death in Sheffield.

Police at the scene of Anthony Baines' death in Sheffield.

A DEVOTED father’s life could have been saved if more stringent safety procedures were in place when he was working in Sheffield city centre, his inquest heard.

South Yorkshire steel firm boss Anthony Baines was struck by a falling girder on Balm Green, near City Hall, in May 2010.

He died at the scene from head and chest injuries.

His inquest, at Sheffield’s Medico Legal Centre in Upperthorpe this week, heard the 50-year-old, a managing director at Rotherham-based Birkhull Engineering, lost control of a beam while trying to unload it from a pick-up truck.

The inquest jury returned a narrative verdict and ruled the weight of the beam was outside manual handling guidelines, while the vehicle used to transport them was inappropriate.

For more on this story, see The Star tomorrow.

 
 
 

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