Corus Gets Second Safety Fine This Month

20 Mar 2010

The court heard that although the crane had been fitted with ‘safe working load’ alarms following concerns over its stability, they were not switched on because the driver had not been trained on using them. When the crane became overloaded no alarms sounded and it overturned. After the hearing, where Corus pleaded guilty to safety charges, HSE inspector Geoff Clark said: ‘This is a serious health and safety breach by a company that globally employs tens of thousands of people which could easily have led to people being killed. The operator was extremely lucky to escape with only minor injuries.’ The combined March fines total will not make a significant dent in the multinational’s coffers. The firm’s website notes: ‘Corus is Europe’s second largest steel producer with annual revenues of around £12 billion and a crude steel production of over 20 million tonnes.’ Last month it increased the price of many of its steel products by at least £50 per tonne.