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Inquest Hears Father-Of-Three Died After Being Crushed By Steel Pillars

Specialist Serious Injury Lawyers Instructed To Investigate


An inquest which concluded last week has heard how a young man witnessed his father tragically crushed to death when large steel pillars fell on him whilst they were working at a Sheffield Steel manufacturing works.

Michael Dwyer was 48 when he died while working for R.S. Bruce (Metals & Machinery) Limited on March Street, Sheffield in March last year. 

The six-day hearing took place at Sheffield Coroner’s Court in front of a jury who recorded a narrative conclusion. The jury found that Michael received his fatal injuries when a substantial piece of metal fell on him at work. Sadly, he died of crush asphyxia with injuries to his pelvis and ribs.

During the inquest, the jury heard evidence that Michael had been told to stop cutting steel on the day of the accident, due to safety concerns. However, the jury later concluded that this instruction had not been given.  They also found that Michael had not been sufficiently instructed by his employer to carry out his task.

Michael’s widow Marie, 47, has instructed specialist workplace injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to help investigate his death and provide answers as to what happened. Together, they are calling for increased awareness of health and safety regulations in the workplace.

Marie says losing Michael has had a massive impact on the family as their three children, Claire, 28, Michael (junior) 23, and 21-year-old Jordan who also worked at R.S. Bruce and witnessed the accident, struggle to understand his death.

Expert Opinion
This has been an incredibly difficult time for Michael’s family who have understandably been left devastated by their loss.

“We are pleased with the outcome of the inquest and the conclusion reached by the jury. We hope that it goes some way to helping the family understand what happened on the day.

“We will continue to work with the family as they come to terms with their loss and we will be investigating the accident further. We are also working with the family to secure funds needed for the future.

“The family know nothing can ever bring Michael back but it is vital that health and safety is a priority for all businesses to prevent further incidents.”
Joanne Witherington, Associate Solicitor
Devastated Marie, from Gleadless, Sheffield, said: “We miss Michael every single day. The whole family has been left heartbroken by his death and we are all struggling to come to terms with it.

“When my husband left for work that day I never imagined that he wouldn’t be returning home because of a fatal incident. I wouldn’t want any family to suffer how we have. 

“The inquest was incredibly emotional for us all but we would like to thank the Coroner and the jury for looking into Michael’s accident for us. The process has provided much needed answers to our questions about Michael’s death. We are also pleased with the conclusion reached by the jury and we hope that with the help of our team at Irwin Mitchell we can now move forward.”

If you have lost a loved one due to an workplace accident, our serious injury solicitors could help you claim compensation to help get the answers you deserve. For more information visit our fatal accident claims or fall from height claims page.