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UTILITY COMPANY CONVICTED AFTER FALL

Workman died when fall protection lanyard accidentally severed

It has been reported by The Lancashire Post that Electricity North West (ENL) has been found guilty at Preston Crown Court of a health and safety offence following the death of workman John Flowers in 2014.

ENL owns, operates and maintains the North West’s electricity distribution network connecting 2.4 million properties and more than 5 million people in the region to the National Grid.

Mr Flowers died after he fell from an electricity pole whilst clearing tree branches from around power lines.

ENL is reported to have been convicted of failing to ensure the work at height was properly managed and found not guilty of failing to adequately assess risk and exposing employees to risk of harm.

The safety lanyard used by Mr Flowers was accidentally severed as he cleared ivy growth from a pole thereby causing him to fall.

The jury heard that HSE investigators identified “numerous problems and issues” including that two surveys had noted the dangers from ivy growth on the pole. These had not been acted on.

The company will be sentenced on 31 March 2017.

A spokesman for ENL is reported to have said the firm “pledged to continue its commitment to the safety of its staff”.

 

 

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