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    LORRY DRIVER DIED IN OVERHEAD POWER STRIKE

    Major company failed to communicate precautions to grab arm operator

    A leading service provider for the utilities, communications, highways and renewals sectors has been fined £400,000 after an employee died when the vehicle he was operating struck an overhead power line on 16 September 2016.

    Luton Crown Court heard how the driver of a grab lorry was unloading material at a farm location in Hertfordshire, when the grab arm came into contact with an 11kv overhead power lined.

    The site was managed by Options Energy Resource LLP.

    Safety documentation not communicated and followed

    An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the defendant identified the risk from but had failed to implement the precautions, adequately plan construction work and train the employees.

    • Options Energy Resource LLP – of Hanbury Drive, Leystonstone, London pleaded guilty to breaching section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 and was fined £400,000.00 and ordered to pay costs of £17,242.33.

    After the hearing, HSE inspector Samantha Wells said

    “This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of Options Energy Resource LLP to implement safe systems of work and to ensure that health and safety documentation was communicated and followed.

    Every year in the UK, two people are killed and many more are injured when machinery comes into contact with, or close proximity to, overhead power lines”.

     

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