U.K. Forge Fined After Worker’s Death
Abbey Forged Products of Sheffield, U.K., pled guilty to a violation of the U.K.’s Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined $645,000 for a fatal incident at its facility. The deadly accident occurred when a large forging hammer was brought down on an alloy part that was not properly seated on its anvil, striking it with a glancing blow that caused the workpiece to be ejected from the anvil at great speed. It struck Billy Fairweather, the lead man of the work team, in the chest causing injuries that proved fatal. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company had failed to allocate the job to the correct hammer and crew and failed to accurately evaluate the risks involved with hammering small components on large hammers.