Family’s six-figure payout after deliver driver ‘crushed’ to death in Sheffield

Robert Islay, who died aged 42 at the premises of Davers Steel Ltd in Sheffield
Robert Islay, who died aged 42 at the premises of Davers Steel Ltd in Sheffield
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The family of a delivery driver crushed to death by falling metal tubes in Sheffield have received a six-figure payout.

Robert Ismay, aged 42, died while delivering a three-tonne load at Davers Steel, in Pitsmoor, in December 2012.

The father-of-three was knocked to the ground after being struck by the bundles while a forklift truck was unloading them.

The company were fined £62,000 and ordered to pay £38,000 in costs following a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court, after admitting a breach of safety regulations.

The court heard a Health and Safety Executive investigation highlighted failings in the unloading operation

Now, the company and Mr Ismay’s employer, Tomrods, have agreed a settlement with his widow, Michelle, of Sowerby, North Yorkshire.

Michelle said: “More than two years on from Robert’s death, we still miss him so much and are still trying to come to terms with our loss.

“Nothing will ever being him back, but it is a massive weight off my shoulders to know our children will be supported by the settlement which has now been secured.

“While this is welcome, we still hope steps have been taken to ensure proper and safe working practices have been introduced to prevent the same problems from being repeated.

“The incident which led to Robert’s death simply should not have happened.”

Claire Newstead, workplace injury lawyer at Sheffield-based Irwin Mitchell, which has represented the family, said: “This is a truly tragic case in which a series of avoidable safety failings culminated in a family losing a much-loved husband and father.

“While no amount of money will ever change what happened, we hope the settlement approved for Michelle and the family will provide them with vital long-term financial support.

“We also hope this case serves as an important reminder to employers of the importance of making the health and safety of their workers – as well as visitors to their sites – a top priority.”