A man would have died in “unimaginable pain” after he became trapped in a switched on industrial oven.
Alan Catterall, 54, was carrying out cleaning work on an industrial oven used by Pyranha Mouldings to manufacture kayaks and canoes when he became trapped in December 2010.
His gruesome death at the Runcorn factory made headlines at the time, and prompted an investigation from Cheshire Police.
Pyranha Mouldings was found guilty of corporate manslaughter in 2015, with investigators laying the blame on maintenance work practices.
A podcast exploring his death has told how he “pounded on the door” as he was “cooked alive” inside the machine.
Mr Catterall, a senior supervisor at Pyranha, was inspecting the oven, which had developed a fault with its guide rail and was turned off, when he fell in more than a decade ago.
When the works were completed, the oven was switched back on and placed into warm-up mode by a colleague, who was oblivious to his colleague’s predicament.
Smoke started emerging from the oven in a matter of minutes, but the colleague remained unaware even as Mr Catterall tried to escape.
True crime podcaster and YouTuber Mr Ballen, who hosts ‘MrBallen Podcast: Strange, Dark & Mysterious Stories’, recounted the horrifying processes Mr Catterall would have experienced while trapped inside the oven.
He said: “The walls of the oven would have glowed red-hot and before long the crowbar he was using to try to open the door must have become so hot he couldn’t have held it.”
He added: “The ground as well would have been red hot, and his shoes would have begun to melt, and then the air temperature inside would have gotten so unbelievably hot…he couldn’t have breathed.”
The podcaster concluded that Mr Catterall would have died “screaming in pain and pounding on the door”, stripping off his skin before he “collapsed to the ground in unimaginable pain as he cooked alive”.
Mr Catterall was found after operators opened the oven door, and he was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.
Pyranha Mouldings was found guilty of corporate manslaughter following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court, and of two additional charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
The company was fined £200,000, and asked to pay £90,000 in costs alongside company director Peter Mackereth.
Mr Mackereth, then 60, was sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for two years and fined £25,000.