Four South Yorkshire workers killed in workplace incidents over last financial year

Grieving relatives at RS Bruce, where Michael Dwyer was crushed to death at work.
Grieving relatives at RS Bruce, where Michael Dwyer was crushed to death at work.

Four South Yorkshire workers lost their lives in workplace incidents in the last financial year, new figures reveal.

The Health and Safety Executive is marking its 40th anniversary with an appeal for South Yorkshire firms to make the wellbeing of workers their priority for the new financial year.

Michael Dwyer

Michael Dwyer

In South Yorkshire, there were four workers killed and nearly 1,800 injuries reported in between April 2013 and March 2014.

Some 31,000 employees also reported work-related illnesses.

Across Yorkshire and the Humber, 17 people died at work compared to 15 the previous year.

Michael Dwyer, aged 48, from Gleadless, was killed when a large piece of steel fell on him at RS Bruce Metals and Machinery on March Street, Attercliffe.

The dad-of-three was working alongside his son, Jordan, at the time of the fatal accident in March 2013.

The HSE is urging firms to review whether they can do more to protect staff.

John Rowe, head of operations for the HSE, said: “The families of the workers in our region who lost their lives last year have had to spend the festive period without their loved ones.”

Mr Rowe added: “Sadly there were two more deaths in the region than the previous year but the overall trend is downwards.

“The decrease in the injury figures should be welcomed and does offer some encouragement that we are continuing to head slowly in the right direction, but there is scope for more improvement.

“We can still go further and challenge the industries where there is room to do more to protect worker safety.

“More widely, hundreds of other workers have been made ill through their work or had their lives changed by a major injury.

“Workplace conditions have improved dramatically in the past four decades, but as employers plan and prepare for the new financial year they need to ensure that health, safety and welfare is a clear focus.”