Woman, 27, killed at British Steel plant after ‘falling from a crane’

Woman, 27, is killed at British Steel plant after ‘falling from a crane’, as probe is launched into her death

  • Emergency services rushed to the British Steel plant in Scunthorpe on Saturday
  • The woman was tragically pronounced dead at the scene after a fall from height
  • The health and safety watchdog has confirmed it will now lead the investigation 

A 27-year-old woman has died after reportedly falling from a crane at a steel plant, sparking an investigation by the health and safety watchdog.

The incident happened while the woman was working at a plant in Scunthorpe, which is owned by British Steel.

Emergency services rushed to the scene on Saturday, July 16, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Coworkers paid heartfelt tributes to the woman, who has not yet been named, describing her as ‘one of the best’ and ‘brilliant at her job’ as they sent condolences to her family. 

A woman has died after reportedly falling from a crane at a steel plant (above) owned by British Steel sparking an investigation by the health and safety watchdog and Humberside Police

A woman has died after reportedly falling from a crane at a steel plant (above) owned by British Steel sparking an investigation by the health and safety watchdog and Humberside Police

After initial enquiries were made by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Humberside Police, it was established that HSE will lead the investigation into the circumstances of the incident.

HSE principal inspector Jane Fox said: ‘Our thoughts are with the family of the person who died.

‘We are determined to understand the full facts of what happened on Saturday. Doing so may take time, but we will remain in close contact with the family.’

A spokeswoman for Humberside Police said: ‘Officers attended a business premises on Brigg Road, Scunthorpe following reports that a woman had sadly died on Saturday.

British Steel, which owns the plant in Scunthorpe, confirmed a worker had died on Saturday

British Steel, which owns the plant in Scunthorpe, confirmed a worker had died on Saturday

‘We are working with Health and Safety Executive to establish the circumstances of the incident.’

A British Steel spokesman said: ‘We are sad to confirm one of our colleagues tragically died at work on Saturday.

‘Their family has been informed and our thoughts are with them and our colleague’s friends.

‘We are helping the police and the Health & Safety Executive with their investigation.’

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