Blow to the head killed Sheffield worker

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A father-of-two was killed after being struck on the head by a giant metal container just days into his new job, a jury found.

Nigel Hall, aged 47, suffered a fractured skull after being hit by the six-tonne crucible – used to hold metal in a furnace for melting – as it was being moved by an overhead crane.

Mr Hall, a trainee melter, had only been working at ATI Allvac in Brightside, Sheffield, for a matter a days when the incident occurred in August 2011.

After the inquest into his death, which was attended throughout by his family, including sons Jake and Josh Hall, assistant deputy coroner Julian Fox said: “I would like to express my condolences to the members of Mr Hall’s family.

“He was starting out on a new career and was well liked by friends and colleagues and it was clear that if he had the chance to do so, he would have fitted in well in his new employment.

“It was a great tragedy he died in the circumstances that he did. His death has deprived his two young sons of their father, and of the rest of his family and friends of the love and affection he had for them, and they for him.”

The inquest had previously heard how paramedics had tried to save Mr Hall, of Ferndale Drive, Bramley, Rotherham, at the scene after finding him in a pool of blood when they arrived.

He was later pronounced dead at the Northern General Hospital.

Evidence was also given by Mr Hall’s colleague William Adams, who was controlling the remote operated crane when the incident happened.

Mr Adams said he saw Mr Hall walk in front of the crucible and that he had ‘screamed and shouted’ at Mr Hall to move before he received the fatal blow.

The jury returned a narrative verdict.