Worker crushed by falling piece of steel at Sheffield factory, inquest hears

Police tape and floral tributes at the R.S. Bruce plant in Sheffield
Police tape and floral tributes at the R.S. Bruce plant in Sheffield
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A dad died in front of his horrified son at a Sheffield factory after a falling piece of steel crushed him, his inquest heard.

Michael Dwyer, aged 48, from Gleadless, was killed while cutting up a large steel casting at RS Bruce Metals and Machinery, on March Street, Attercliffe.

Bruce plant in Sheffield

Bruce plant in Sheffield

Sheffield Coroner’s Court heard Mr Dwyer was left trapped against a shipping container when a piece of the casting – part of an old chimney which the firm was hired to salvage precious metals from – collapsed onto him.

The dad-of-three was working on the job alongside his son, Jordan.

Jurors heard the steel cylinder was being cut into strips two-feet wide using a burner.

The task was completed using a crowbar and a forklift truck.

Michael Dwyer - crushed to death at work

Michael Dwyer - crushed to death at work

Neil Warner, a maintenance worker at RS Bruce, told the inquest he spoke to Mr Dwyer before the fatal accident unfolded.

Mr Warner said: “He said he wasn’t going to cut the last piece because he couldn’t get the forklift truck in to hold it.

“He didn’t know how it was going to get pulled away.

“I thought it was dangerous, and Michael probably thought it was dangerous as well.”

In a statement read to the court, security officer Jason Hollings said he ‘knew something had gone wrong’ when he saw a large group of people, including company director Richard Bruce, rushing towards the site’s cutting area.

Mr Hollings said: “Someone shouted to me to ring an ambulance and Jordan also shouted to me.

“Michael was trapped against the container.”

RS Bruce is one of only 10 firms worldwide which specialise in the recovery of precious metals from industry.

The inquest continues.