Sheffield firm fined £200,000 after loving husband crushed to death in machine

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A Sheffield firm has been fined £200,000 after a worker was pulled into a machine and killed.

Alan Gerrard, aged 47, from Rotherham, suffered fatal crush injuries when his clothing got caught in a machine at McCalls Special Products Limited (trading as Macalloys), Caxton Way, Dinnington.

The worker was killed by the machine 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.

The firm 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.”

Health and Safety Executive inspector Denise Fotheringham, who investigated and prosecuted this case for the Health and Safety Executive, said: “The law requires that employers take all reasonable steps to guard against access to such dangerous parts of machinery.

“The 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.”