The grieving fiancée of a recycling factory worker crushed to death in malfunctioning equipment has called for all companies to raise their health and safety standards as she described a pain that "will never go away."

Dale McClelland died on November 16, 2017 after becoming trapped within a baling machine he was operating at H&A Recycling Limited on Cardrew Industrial Estate, Redruth.

On Friday the company - which has since been taken over - was sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court to pay a £200,000 fine with additional costs of almost £46,000, in what is believed to be the first prosecution for corporate manslaughter within the Devon and Cornwall area under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.


Speaking after the sentencing, Dale's fiancée Cory - with whom he had a young daughter, and had been due to marry last year - paid tribute to a "family man with a heart of gold" and urged all companies to ensure standards of health and safety were the highest they could be.

She said: “Dale was an amazing son, dad, brother, fiancé, uncle, grandson, nephew, godfather, cousin and friend.

“He was kind-hearted and would go out of his way for anyone he met. He had a heart of gold and was always the life and soul of the party.

“Dale was a very family-oriented man and he will forever be missed and always loved by all of his family and friends. It is a pain in our hearts that will never go away.

“As a family we hope this horrendous situation makes other companies step up and make sure that their health and safety is at the highest standard it can be.”