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Companies fined £185k for fatal accident at work

Companies fined £185k for fatal accident at work
An accident at work which led to an employee drowning has resulted in a port in Sussex and an Italian shipping company being fined a total of £185,000.

An investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Sardina Vera ferry - owned by Forship - and Newhaven Port & Properties - which controls both private and passenger services - could both be held accountable for the death of Luigi Feola in January 2005.

The British company pleaded guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £85,000 won top of costs of £34,000 during a case at Croydon Crown Court.

Meanwhile, Forship admitted breaking section 2(1) of the same statute and was consequently fined £100,000 and costs of £43,782 in the same legal hearing.

Mr Feola died when he fell into the water at the dock as he carried goods across a narrow strip of quay alongside the Italian organisation's delivery ship.

Paul Vinnicombe, HSE inspector, said: "The lack of proper planning, combined with the appalling state of the quayside at the port, led to the unnecessary death of Mr Feola."

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Posted by Cheryl Bennett