Family tribute to ‘Big Dave’ at memorial day

Workers Memorial Day event at Sheffield Town Hall
Workers Memorial Day event at Sheffield Town Hall
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Family and friends of a man crushed to death at Sheffield Forgemasters gathered together on Workers’ Memorial Day to pay tribute to him.

Dave Roberts died in June 2010 when a 75-tonne steel structure collapsed on him.

Last month, an inquest into the 26-year-old ancillary worker’s death ruled the accident was avoidable.

Mum Sharon revealed that, three years on, the pain of losing her ‘happy, cheeky, beautiful lad’ has not lessened.

“Dave was a big man with a big heart and he was up for anything. We just really wanted to come here today to remember him and to meet other people who’ve been in the same or similar situation.”

The family joined others at Sheffield Town Hall yesterday to remember those who have lost their lives at work.

Rob Morris, acting regional secretary for the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians Yorkshire, said: “Workers’ Memorial Day is about remembering friends and colleagues who have been killed or injured at work and it’s about restating our determination to ensure safe working conditions.”

Sharon added: “Before this, we’d read about these tragedies in the paper and think ‘how sad’ like everybody does, but until it happens to someone you love, it’s impossible to imagine.”

Sharon is organising a fundraising fun day this summer in honour of Dave. “We chose Hallam FM’s Cash for Kids because Dave was a big kid himself and he loved children more than anything.”

* Visit Big Dave’s Fun Day for information.