A Sheffield steelworker killed in a tragic accident had been due to get married, a court heard.
Emotional tributes to Nigel Hall from his family were read out at Sheffield Crown Court as ATI Allvac, the company he worked for, were sentenced for health and safety failings in relation to his death.
Mr Hall had two teenage sons from a previous relationship and his fiancee Andrea Hargate said her life ‘had begun’ when she met him.
She said he was an ‘amazing’ man and treated her children as though they were his.
She said: “I’m so angry about what I have lost - losing Nigel and the life we should have together.
“My mum and dad miss him so much.
“I feel guilty because I was the one who pushed him to get a better job. He was ecstatic when he got this job.
“The lovely extended family unit we had has been shattered. Nigel was the glue that held everyone together.”
Nigel’s mother Wendy Hall said her son had found happiness with Andrea.
She said: “There will be a big hole in our family now.
“Nigel was the life and heart of our family gatherings and parties. We don’t really have gatherings any more because that part is missing.”
His sister Lisa said he was a ‘lovely, lovely man’.
His son Jake, who was 17 at the time of his father’s tragic death in 2011, said the incident had greatly affected him. He said Mr Hall was a ‘kind, loving person and a brilliant dad.”
As he summed up the case, Judge Michael Murphy QC said Mr Hall’s death was ‘tragic’ and had had a huge impact on his ‘grief-stricken family’.
He said: “He seems to have been a really good man and a family man. His family have lost a decent hard-working and much-loved person.”
Judge Murphy added said neither Mr Hall or the crane operator were to blame for the accident – but said the tragedy could have been prevented.
He said: “I’m dealing with a company here that is a substantial company in the steel industry of the Steel City. I accept fully that the company has expressed genuine and deep remorse for what has happened.”