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Tata Steel fined £500,000 after death of employee

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Tata say that since his death they have taken measures to improve safety there. Credit: ITV News Wales

Tata Steel have been fined £500,000 following the death of employee Kevin Downey.

Mr Downey died in an accident at the steelworks in 2006. He'd fallen into a molten slag runner which had been left uncovered after cleaning.

Tata Steel pleaded guilty to charges of failing to ensure the health and safety of employees.

Tata Steel plead guilty to health and safety charge over death of Kevin Downey

Kevin Downey
Kevin Downey died in an accident at the Tata steelworks in 2006 Credit: ITV News Wales

Tata Steel have pleaded guilty to charges of failing to ensure the health and safety of employees after the death of one its staff in Neath Port Talbot.

Kevin Downey, 49, died in an accident at the steelworks in 2006.

Mr Downey fell into a molten slag runner which had been left uncovered after cleaning and later died from his injuries.

Tata say that since his death they have taken measures to improve safety there.

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Welsh Secretary on Tata's 'important milestone'

Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan says today marks an 'important milestone' in the work to assemble Blast Furnace No.4 at Tata Steel.

The next four months will see a period of intensive engineering activity as modules weighing over 500 tonnes will be lifted into place over the skies of its Port Talbot site.

Tata is clearly operating in an extremely challenging market – both domestically and internationally - but I am re-assured that Tata is fully committed to its investment in the UK. The company is one of our biggest employers in Wales and I look forward to seeing the new furnace taking shape over the coming months.

– Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan
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