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A factory worker died after suffering a fractured skull when he was struck by a six tonne load of metal being moved on a crane.

Nigel Hall, aged 47, had only been working at ATI Allvac, Brightside, Sheffield, for a few days when tragedy struck.

An inquest into his death heard that the trainee melter was struck by a crucible – a container which holds metal placed into furnaces for melting – which was being moved by an overhead crane.

His two sons – Jake and Josh – were comforted by relatives when details of their father’s catastrophic injuries were read out.

When paramedics arrived at the factory they found Mr Hall in a pool of blood.

Medics battled to keep him alive with CPR but shortly after arriving at the Northern General Hospital, Mr Hall, of Ferndale Drive, Bramley, Rotherham, was pronounced dead.

Struggling with his emotions, William Adams, who was operating the remote-controlled crane told jurors what he could remember of the incident in August 2011.

He said the crucible had just been lifted out of a furnace and Mr Hall had been releasing some bolts on it before it was due to be moved to the other side of the shop floor.

Mr Adams said he had just started moving the crane when Mr Hall ‘quickly walked in front of it’.

He said he ‘screamed and shouted’ at Mr Hall to move before he was struck by the metal container, which was swinging in the air.

“As far as I was concerned the path was clear for the crane to move, I hit the button and out of the corner of my eye I saw Nigel quickly walk in front of it,” he said.

“I shouted and screamed at him and at the same time took my fingers off the controls of the crane.

“It was as though he hadn’t heard me.”

The hearing continues.