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Britain: Tata Steel in six figure payout to injured worker

Britain: Companies fined following death of contractor

Britain: Death shows need for director accountability

Britain: Unite safety alert after Corus death

Britain: Corus in the dock again after crushing death

Britain: Corus effect shows need for director rules

Britain: Steel giant Corus gets its third fine in a month

Britain: Corus gets second safety fine this month

Britain: Corus in court again for safety failings

Britain: Another six figure death fine for Corus

Britain: Union vigilance call after Corus death

Britain: Corus fined over worker's death

Britain: Another Corus worker gets deafness payout

Britain: Another tragedy at deadly Corus plant

Britain: Corus fined £125k for latest safety breach

Britain: Union wins hearing damage payout

Britain: Huge payout for Corus blast survivor

Britain: Corus work death crisis continues

Britain: Questions asked about Corus ‘justice’

Britain: Corus investigated after another death

Britain: No manslaughter charges after Corus death blast

Police probe latest Corus death

Corus fined after another workplace death

Widow to sue steel firm over work death

Corus death toll increases

Worker killed at Corus is named

ISTC fund set up for Corus blast victims

Union probe on fatal blast

Fatal accident costs steel firm 10,000 fine

 

 
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Britain: Tata Steel in six figure payout to injured worker
An employee at a Tata Steel plant in Wales has secured £235,000 in compensation after a serious incident at work which almost cost him his leg. The 54-year-old Unite member was unable to work for a year and has since been seconded into a different, less physically demanding position within the company.
Thompsons Solicitors news releaseRisks 646
Hazards news, 15 March 2014

Britain: Companies fined following death of contractor
Steel manufacturer Tata Steel and a specialist contractor have been fined a total of £320,000 for safety failings after a worker was killed by a falling metal bar in Redcar. Kristian Lee Norris, 29, from Middlesbrough, was working for Vesuvius UK Limited to re-line a steelmaking furnace at Teesside Cast Products at the time of the fatal incident on 12 April 2008.
HSE news release and falls webpagesMore on the Tata’s (previously Corus) safety recordRisks 591
Hazards news, 2 February 2013

Britain: Death shows need for director accountability
Health and safety campaigners have demanded that company directors be held personally accountable for the “serial killing” of workers after the latest death at a Corus steelworks. Barry Shaw died on 28 August in what police described as a “crushing accident” at Corus's Scunthorpe steel mill.
Hazards Campaign news releaseMore on Corus’ health and safety recordMorning StarGrimsby Telegraph BBC News OnlineRisks 472
Hazards news, 12 June 2010

Britain: Unite safety alert after Corus death
The union Unite is calling on all safety reps to make sure employers take all the necessary steps to prevent fatalities after a member was killed at work. The call for vigilance follows the 23 April death of an electrician working for Corus at their Scunthorpe Concast Plant.
Unite news releaseScunthorpe TelegraphRisks 460
Hazards news, 12 June 2010

Britain: Corus in the dock again after crushing death
Corus UK has been fined £240,000 after a young lorry driver was crushed to death at its site in Staffordshire – the steel multinational’s fourth appearance in the dock on safety charges in just six weeks. The latest prosecution came after 22-year-old Ross Beddow was crushed to death when three tonnes of steel plates fell on him at the firm’s base in Wombourne.
HSE news releaseMore on Corus’ safety recordRisks 452
Hazards news, 17 April 2010

Britain: Corus effect shows need for director rules
Leaders of the main political parties are being asked to state where they stand on employers who kill and injure their workers - especially notorious repeat offenders. The Hazards Campaign question -  “When will senior directors of companies such as Corus be held personally accountable for their serial killing and injuring workers?” – follows the fourth Corus safety fine in six weeks, the latest after the death of lorry driver Ross Beddow.
Hazards Campaign news releaseRisks 452
Hazards news, 17 April 2010

Britain: Steel giant Corus gets its third fine in a month
Corus ended March as it began – in the dock for safety offences. On 31 March, the steel giant was fined £10,000 following an explosion in a 75-metre-tall steel chimney in Scunthorpe, the firm’s third prosecution of the month.
HSE news releaseMore on Corus and safetyRisks 451
Hazards news, 10 April 2010

Britain: Corus gets second safety fine this month
Steel giant Corus has found itself facing the courts on safety charges for the second time in a fortnight. In the latest case, the multinational was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £9,908.50 costs at Sheffield Crown Court after a worker escaped with minor injuries after the crane he was operating overturned.
HSE news releaseMore on the Corus safety recordRisks 448
Hazards news, 20 March 2010

Britain: Steel giant Corus gets away with a £5,000 fine
Steel giant Corus has been fined £5,000 after a worker was seriously injured while clearing a jam in the production line at a factory in Skinningrove, East Cleveland.  The fine will not make a significant dent in the company coffers: the firm’s website notes: “Corus is Europe's second largest steel producer with annual revenues of around £12 billion and a crude steel production of over 20 million tonnes.”
HSE news releaseMore on the Corus safety recordRisks 446
Hazards news, 6 March 2010

Britain: Corus in court again for safety failings
Steel maker Corus has been fined again for serious safety failings. It the latest in a long sequence of prosecutions, the firm was this week fined £15,000 at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay £6,248 costs after a crane operator was crushed and seriously injured.
HSE news releaseHartlepool MailNorthern Echo
More on recent Corus deaths and prosecutionsRisks 375
Hazards news, 27 September 2008

Britain: Another six figure death fine for Corus
An incident that saw a Corus worker crushed to death has cost the company £200,000 in fines and costs – the second time it had received a six figure fine related to a fatality in less than three months. It was also fined £125,000 in August last year after a worker suffered horrific, near fatal burns at its Scunthorpe plant.
HSE news releaseMore on recent Corus deaths and prosecutionsRisks 354
Hazards news, 3 May 2008

Britain: Union vigilance call after Corus death
Construction union UCATT has said companies must strive to improve safety, after a young member was killed at a Corus plant on Teesside. Kristian Norris, 29, was a refractory bricklayer employed by sub-contractor Vesuvius UK to perform maintenance work.
UCATT news releaseRisks 352
Hazards news, 19 April 2008

Britain: Corus fined over worker's death
Steelmaker Corus has been fined £250,000 and told to pay costs of £43,000 after the death of a worker at its Trostre plant in Llanelli. Francis Coles, 42, known as Frank, died when he was struck on the neck by a guard plate in 2003.
BBC News OnlineMore on the Corus safety recordRisks 344
Hazards news, 23 February 2008

Britain: Another Corus worker gets deafness payout
A factory foreman who was exposed to excessive noise at work which left him with severe hearing difficulties has been awarded undisclosed compensation by his former employer, Corus. GMB member Martin Bourne, 70, was employed as a mechanical foreman at the Corus UK Llanwern Works in Newport, Gwent.
Thompsons Solicitors news release
Hazards news, 22 December 2007

Britain: Another tragedy at deadly Corus plant
A 46-year-old contract worker has died in an incident at Corus's Port Talbot works. Robert Gillard was operating a tipper truck when the vehicle overturned; he was employed by international contractor Multiserv.
BBC News Online
Hazards news, 10 November 2007

Britain: Corus fined £125k for latest safety breach
Steel giant Corus has been fined £125,000 after steelworker David Jones suffered near fatal injuries when he fell into a pit containing hot toxic chemicals. He suffered horrendous burns when he fell feet first into an interceptor pit at Scunthorpe's Corus works on 26 March 2005.
HSE news releaseFind out more about the Corus prosecution record
Hazards news, 25 August 2007

Britain: Union wins hearing damage payout
A worker from Goole, Humberside, who is suffering two debilitating health problems caused by exposure to excessive noise at work has received a £4,000 compensation settlement. Malcolm Goddard, 60, a member of Unite’s Amicus section and former Corus employee, suffers from severe occupational deafness and tinnitus, a ringing in the ears.
Thompsons Solicitors news release
Hazards news, 12 May 2007

Britain: Huge payout for Corus blast survivor
An Amicus member who suffered 43 per cent burns in a steel blast furnace explosion which killed three other workers has received a “huge” six-figure payout. Peter Clement, 54, was one of 12 workers injured in the blast at the Port Talbot steelworks in November 2001.
Risks 293, 10 February 2007

Britain: Corus work death crisis continues
Another worker has been killed at a Corus plant, bringing the death toll on the company’s facilities to at least nine in the last six years. Ross Beddow, 20, was killed last week after become trapped underneath a sheet of metal at the company’s factory at Wombourne, near Wolverhampton.
Hazards deadly business webpagesHazards young workers webpagesFack website

Britain: Questions asked about Corus ‘justice’
The day steel giant Corus received what has been described as a “pinprick” fine for criminal safety offences which led to the deaths of three workers, three sub-contract migrant workers at another Corus plant were jailed and told they would be deported for working illegally in the UK. The cases have thrown into stark relief concerns about the adequacy of existing workplace health and safety penalties, with the father of one of the dead men backing a campaign calling for the jailing of company directors found guilty of deadly safety crimes.
Risks 288, 23 December 2006 Fack websiteHazards deadly business webpages

Britain: Corus investigated after another death
The police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating the latest death at a Corus steel plant in Port Talbot. A father-of-two who was injured in the 2001 explosion at the south Wales plant died in hospital after falling into molten waste. Corus said Kevin Downey, 49, was “instrumental” in helping to tackle the 2001 incident in which three workers died.
Risks 255, 6 May 2006Recent safety offences at Corus – Hazards website


Britain: No manslaughter charges after Corus death blast
Police have said they will not be bringing manslaughter charges against any individuals in respect of the Corus blast furnace explosion. Three men died and a further dozen suffered horrendous injuries in the disaster at the Port Talbot works in November 2001
Risks 232, 12 November 2005


Police probe latest Corus death

Police have named a 52-year-old man who died in an accident at a Corus plant in south Wales. Father-of-two Hywel Thomas, who was from the Pontarddulais area, died on 8 April 2005 after the accident at the Corus-owned Aluminised Products Plant plant in the town.

Police and the Health and Safety Executive have launched an investigation. Production was halted at the plant, which employs around 75 people, after the accident. A Corus spokesperson added: “The workforce is in a state of shock. There is a very strong sense of community.”

The tragedy is the latest in a series of fatalities at the company. Corus UK Ltd was fined £150,000 and £50,000 costs in December 2003 following the September 2000 death at the company’s Scunthorpe steel plant of locomotive driver Michael McGovern. Gary Birkett died at the Scunthorpe plant on 5 November 2002.

In February 2003, Corus was fined £10,000 and costs of £1,286 for safety offences related to the death of Bob Powlay, 54, at its plant in Portrack, Stockton.

In January 2003, Francis Coles, a 42-year-old maintenance engineer, was killed at the Corus tin plate works in Llanelli, Wales. And in November 2001, three workers died in an explosion at the Corus steelworks in Port Talbot.

On 26 March this year, a steelworker at Corus’s Scunthorpe plant was seriously burnt after falling into a pit of effluent and remains in a “poorly but stable” condition.

In September last year, Corus chief executive Philippe Varin expressed his concern over the company's safety record, particularly the high number of what he called “contractor incidents.”


Corus fined after another workplace death

Corus UK Ltd has been fined £150,000 and £50,000 costs following an incident in which a worker was killed. Locomotive driver, Michael McGovern, was killed on 15 September 2000 when the train he was driving at the Corus steelworks in Scunthorpe derailed.

The company pleaded guilty at Grimsby Crown Court to criminal safety breaches for failing to maintain their railway system.

HSE inspector Dave Bradley, the investigating inspector, said: "Our investigation concluded that the company's system of inspection, maintenance and repair was deficient. There were faults with the vehicle involved, intermittent faults in the points mechanism, as well as defects in the track and signals."

He added: "This incident demonstrated the dangers of relying on reactive maintenance when dealing with plant and machinery. Workplace transport is the second biggest cause of fatal accidents in British workplaces, killing around a hundred and injuring thousands of people every year. The vast majority of these accidents are preventable."

The incident is one a series at Corus plants country wide, including the death of Gary Birkett, killed at the Scunthorpe plant on 5 November 2002.

Risks 135, 6 December 2003


Corus death toll increases

Francis Coles, a 42-year-old maintenance engineer was killed at the Corus tin plate works in Llanelli, Wales on 5 January 2003.

The police and Health and Safety Executive are conducting a joint investigation into the - and Corus has also opened its own inquiry.

The worker killed was a member of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation (ISTC) union. Michael Leahy, general secretary of the ISTC, said: " The ISTC will play a full part in the investigation to find out the cause of his death."

A Corus spokesperson said the managers offered their sympathy to the family, adding: "The plant has an exemplary safety record and this has shaken everyone."

The accident follows the disaster at the nearby Corus plant in Port Talbot in November 2001, when three men were killed and another 12 injured in an explosion.

This disaster came days before the company was fined 300,000 for serious safety breaches at its Llanwern plant that led to an explosion that left a worker disabled. In another incident, steelworker Gary Birkett was killed at the Corus Scunthorpe plant on 5 November 2002.

Corus has been touted as a model for behavioural safety programmes for the metals industry worldwide.

Risks 88, 11 January 2003

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PREVIOUS CORUS STORIES

Widow to sue steel firm over work death
A widow is to sue steel maker Corus over the death of her husband. Bob Powlay, 54, was crushed by a three and a half tonne plate at the pipe works in Portrack, Stockton. She said evidence from the inquest into her husband's death and the report of the investigation which followed the tragedy, conflict with some of the evidence offered in mitigation by Corus at the court.
Risks 93, 15 February 2003

Fatal accident costs steel firm 10,000 fine
Steel maker Corus has been fined 10,000 over the death of a fitter, crushed under a three-and-a-half tonne steel plate. Bob Powlay, 54, of Coatham Road, Redcar, had carried out welding work on a roller which had sheared on a 48-year-old conveyor belt at the Portrack pipe works, Stockton. Mr Powlay died in hospital, three weeks after the incident in the steel mill on 17 October 2000.
5 February 2003 reportThis is the north east, 6 February 2003

Worker killed at Corus is named
A steelworker killed in an accident yesterday at the Corus works has been named as 39-year-old Gary Birkett from Crowle.
Scunthorpe Telegraph, 6 November 2002

ISTC fund set up for Corus blast victims
A special fund has been set up for the victims of the explosion at the Corus steelworks in Port Talbot. Three w orkers died in the November 2001 blast.
Risks 29, 24 November 2001

Union probe on fatal blast
The injury toll from the 8 November explosion at the Corus steel plant in Port Talbot has risen to three fatalities, with five men still on life-support machines and another five still hospitalised.
Risks 28, 17 November 2001


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