Foundry Worker Crushed To Death

Catastrophic Injuries


Foundry Worker Crushed To Death

A man has died after suffering "catastrophic" injuries when a 67 tonne steel cast fell on him from an overhead crane at a Sheffield foundry.

The horrific incident took place on Wednesday night at the Forgemasters site at Brightside Lane in the Don Valley area of the city. Firefighters that attended the scene said the cast, used to contain molten metal, crashed to the ground after it became dislodged from an overhead crane.

A "valiant" attempt to free the man was made by his workmates who desperately tried to relieve the pressure from the man's lower body. Paramedics arrived to find the man still alive but soon administered pain relief to render him unconscious as the rescue operation began.

Firefighters then helped to move the man to safety after securing the giant cast.

However, a police spokesman confirmed that the "catastrophically injured" man, believed to be in his mid-20s, had died later in hospital.

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David Urpeth from law firm Irwin Mitchell said: "This was a horrific fatal accident at work.

"Sadly, fatal injuries caused by falls and falling objects remain a major category of serious and fatal injuries after a work accident.

"It is not unreasonable to expect workers go to work and expect to return home safely at the end of the day. Sadly, all to often, this doesn't happen."

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