Hull Crown Court was told that Tata Steel employee Thomas Standerline, 26, was standing inside a cage while inspecting a crane in April 2010. An overhead crane travelled over the edge of his cage and trapped him, leading to instant death.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that, even after the occurrence of two incidents prior to Standerline's death, Tata Steel had failed to enforce its own safety procedures.
It also found that the overhead crane in question should not have been in operation.
Tata Steel pleaded guilty to breaching ss 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined £1.4m and ordered to pay costs of £140,000 on 2 February.
HSE principal inspector Kirsty Storer said: "Despite two previous incidents sharing features with the one which ultimately cost Mr Standerline his life, the company failed both to take these as a warning sign and to act on safety recommendations."