Family of Sheffield crush victim remind firms of importance of health and safety at work laws

Marie Dywer and her three children,  Jordan, Claire, and Michael Jnr
Marie Dywer and her three children, Jordan, Claire, and Michael Jnr

Heartbroken relatives of a Sheffield man crushed to death at work are calling for more awareness of health and safety regulations in the workplace - to prevent others losing their lives.

Michael Dwyer, aged 48, from Gleadless, was killed when a steel casting fell on him as he cut it up at R.S Bruce Metals & Machinery Limited in Attercliffe, last March.

Michael and Marie Dwyer

Michael and Marie Dwyer

He ended up trapped against a shipping container, struggling for breath, as his son, Jordan, who also worked for the firm, looked on in horror.

An inquest into the death recorded that the father-of-three had not been ‘sufficiently instructed as to how he should undertake his task’ on the day he died,

His widow Marie, 47, has instructed specialist workplace injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate the death, provide answers and increase awareness of health and safety regulations in the workplace.

“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,” she said.

Michael Dwyer

Michael Dwyer

“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.”

Joanne Witherington, from Irwin Mitchell, said: “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.”