From the Sheffield Star – March 24 th 2011 Safety systems were inadequate at a South Yorkshire factory where a steelworker was crushed to death by a girder, an inquest heard. A nine-member jury recorded a narrative verdict of safety failings at the plant yesterday, just a week short of the second anniversary of the tragedy.
On 12 th October 2012 Bespoke Precast was fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £42,471 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Bernard Thorogood defending apologised on behalf of Bespoke. "This was a company with a genuine and sincere record of health and safety. "It's not in any way a company in dereliction of its duty. "It was a significant oversight but not accurate to call the failure systematic." Imposing a fine of £100,000, judge Graham Robinson said Bespoke had failed to protect the safety of Mr Mott and fallen woefully short of what it ought to have done.
“The real tragedy in this case is it is not a fly by night, penny- pinching company but quite the reverse.” "In the context the company had a very good health and safety record and co-operated fully. "It is not a case where the defending business failed to heed previous warnings or traded safety for a financial motive."