Worker crushed by falling piece of steel was ‘liked and admired’ by boss, inquest hears

Michael Dwyer - crushed to death at work
Michael Dwyer - crushed to death at work

A dad crushed to death while cutting steel at a Sheffield factory was liked and admired by his boss, his inquest heard.

Michael Dwyer, aged 48, from Gleadless, was killed while cutting up a large metal casting at RS Bruce Metals and Machinery on March Street, Attercliffe.

Mr Dwyer was left trapped against a shipping container when a piece of the casting - part of an old tower which the firm had been asked to salvage precious metals from - collapsed on to him.

His son, Jordan, also worked for the firm and watched in horror as the tragedy unfolded in March last year.

Richard Bruce, chairman of the firm, said Mr Dwyer, a dad of three, was a ‘very good employee’.

He said: “I liked him and admired him immensely.

“He was probably one of the best workers I have every come across.

“He was dedicated to every task he was given and he carried out his work expeditiously.

“He was certainly reliable and he did a very good job. I can’t remember a time when he didn’t do a good job.”

Mr Bruce told the jury the task to cut up the tower, which Mr Dwyer was involved in ‘wasn’t a standard cutting job’ and was ‘very, very different’.

He said a detailed discussion was carried out with all staff about how the work would be carried out, but admitted a risk assessment was discussed but not written down.

“We didn’t put a risk assessment down in writing. As far as I was concerned the whole discussion related to the methods to be adopted were a continuous discussion,” he said.

“There was no difference between the risk assessment and method statement.”

The inquest continues.