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Fatal incident investigation

Posted on 10th August, 2022

A fatal incident investigation has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the death of a 27-year-old worker at a steelworks in Scunthorpe.  The incident happened on Saturday 16 July at a business premises on Brigg Road, Scunthorpe.

Emergency services responded to reports of a fall from height and the worker was pronounced dead at the scene.

After initial enquiries were made by the HSE and Humberside Police, it was established that the HSE will lead the investigation into the circumstances 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.”

HSE principal inspector, Jane Fox
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The HSE has a protocol in place with police regarding the investigation of workplace fatalities – Work-related Deaths: A Protocol for Liaison.  The document sets out how workplace related deaths are investigated and importantly by which organisation. 

Any fatal incident investigation will follow the Protocol which is a high-level document supported by, and read in conjunction with, the Work-related Deaths Protocol Practical Guide which sets out a straightforward step-by-step approach to the joint investigation of work-related deaths. The purpose of the protocol and supporting guide is to ensure effective joint investigation of work-related deaths in England and Wales. Since its introduction in 1998, the protocol has become a tried and tested approach to effective liaison between the signatory organisations when investigating a work-related death.

By signing the protocol, signatories confirm their commitment to the joint investigation approach, appreciating that the public want to be confident that those investigating work-related deaths are doing all that they can to co-ordinate activities, and to cooperate with each other in the best interests of public safety and of those affected by work-related deaths.

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