Sheffield steel firm fined after HGV driver crushed to death by three tonnes of steel tubes

Robert Islay, who died aged 42 at the premises of Davers Steel Ltd in Sheffield
Robert Islay, who died aged 42 at the premises of Davers Steel Ltd in Sheffield
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A Sheffield steel company has been fined £62,000 after a delivery driver was crushed to death by a three-tonne load.

Davers Steel Ltd was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court following the death of Robert Ismay in 2012.

Mr Ismay, aged 42, from North Yorkshire, was delivering steel tubes to the premises at Petre Street.

An inexperienced forklift driver was told to lift the tubes – but the forks’ reach was too short so when they were raised the bundles fell off and hit Mr Ismay.

He was pushed off his trailer and was fatally wounded by the steel tubes as they crashed down.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found Davers Steel had made a ‘catalogue of safety failings’.

Now, with help from legal experts at Irwin Mitchell, Mr Ismay’s wife Michelle has demanded reassurances that lessons have been learned from his death.

She said: “The whole family is still trying to come to terms with the loss and we miss him every day.

“While it is welcome to see this company prosecuted, we are disappointed by the fine and feel the fact it is the only outcome we are aware of is an insult.

“We hoped this prosecution would lead to recommendations which would see health and safety improve and are keen for an indication of this.”