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Sheffield steel construction boss killed by falling girder

14 May 10 The director of a South Yorkshire steel construction firm has been killed after being hit by a girder that was being delivered to a site in Sheffield.

The boss of a South Yorkshire steel construction firm has been killed after being hit by a girder that was being delivered to a site in Sheffield.

Anthony Baines ran Rotherham-based steel fabrication firm Birkhull Engineering. He was beside the delivery truck in the city centre when the one tonne beam fell, killing him instantly, according the Sheffield Star.

Construction workers nearby heard a loud crash and after running to help, discovered the man on his side with his arm outstretched, with “a lot of blood”.

Baines is believed to have been one of three Birkhull workers delivering girders to the Fountain Precinct stie for use in refurbishment works.

They were transported from the firm’s base in Rotherham on the back of a truck which was not fitted with a crane.

The accident happened as the first girder was being unloaded. A small four-wheeled trolley could be seen at the rear of the vehicle.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman told the Star: “We are investigating a fatal incident, which occurred on Balm Green, Sheffield city centre, around 10am on Wednesday.

“It is believed a 50-year-old man from the Rotherham area was fatally injured whilst unloading metal girders from the back of a lorry.

“A joint enquiry with South Yorkshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive is underway into the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

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