Widow’s safety appeal to firms

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THE wife of a South Yorkshire man crushed to death when steel girders fell on top of him at work has urged firms to ensure they review health and safety practices.

Janet Mott, whose husband John died in March 2009, has spoken out after his employers Bespoke Precast Limited of Barnsley were fined £100,000 after bosses admitted breaching health and safety laws.

The company, now called Charcon Precast Solutions, also admitted safety systems were inadequate.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Mr Mott, aged 47, of Barnsley, was moving an overhead travelling crane from an area of the factory where it had been supporting the eight-and-a-half metre long girder.

As he moved it, a clamp attached to the crane hook snagged on the girder, causing it to topple and fall, crushing Mr Mott against the floor.

Mrs Mott said: “John was a kind and lovable man who enjoyed his work and was a massive football fan.

“We still feel distraught about losing him in this way and hope valuable lessons about the importance of health and safety at work have been learnt, not just by Charcon, but others as well.

“We don’t want another family to lose a loved one because of a preventable accident at work.”

In 2011 to 2012 14 people were fatally injured at work in Yorkshire

Sally Rissbrook, a workplace injury specialist at Sheffield law firm Irwin Mitchell, said: “All workers should be able to go to work safe in the knowledge that their wellbeing is a fundamental priority for their employer.”