A UK-based steel company was ordered to pay £230k after an employee died following an incident on site.

John Penhalagan, 44, was employed by Celsa Manufacturing (UK) when he was struck by a crane hook weighing 3.7t used to convey ladles of molten steel in the firm’s new melt shop on May 30, 2007.

Mr Penhalagan suffered fatal head injuries and died later at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that while there was no mechanical defect with the crane, the hooks were able to move at head height near to operators on the ground without adequate safeguards.

This HSE prosecuted Celsa Manufacturing (UK). The company pleaded guilty and was fined £200k and ordered to pay costs of £36,294.38.