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Fatal Incident in Scunthorpe Leads to HSE Investigation

22nd August 2022

An incident in July that saw the tragic death of a 27-year-old worker at a steelworks in Scunthorpe has led to an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Health and safety investigation after worker death

Emergency services attended the site on 16 July following reports that a worker had fallen from height; she was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

After foul play had been ruled out, the HSE announced that it would lead an investigation to determine the exact cause of the fall from height.

Jane Fox, Principal Inspector at HSE, has said of the incident:

“Our thoughts are with the family of the person who died.

We are determined to understand the full facts of what happened on Saturday. Doing so may take time, but we will remain in close contact with the family.”

Whilst the rate of falls from height have reduced dramatically in recent decades, it still remains that number one cause of workplace fatalities within the UK. Ensuring that a workforce is operating safely at height, at all times, is critical to reducing risk of accidents and fatalities.

Here at SIMIAN we implore companies to ensure their teams are qualified, training and knowledge on best practice when working at height.

If you would like more information on how we can support you to achieve this, contact our team today on 0345 602 2418 or email