23 September 2011
Drowned man's family to seek compensation?
A fatal accident at work in which a man drowned could lead to his family pursuing personal injury compensation on his behalf.
Michael Benn passed away during an incident at Connah's Quay Power Station - the UK's largest combined cycle gas turbine depot - in August 2007 while operating as part of a three-strong team to clean up a cooling tower.
An investigation into the accident conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the 37-year-old and his colleagues were forced to work in poorly-lit conditions within the tower and he subsequently slipped and died as he checked its water level.
In a case heard at Mold Crown Court, Mr Benn's employers Epsco admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, meaning his loved ones could opt to seek damages.
Colin Mew, principal inspector at the HSE, commented: "The cost of providing barriers or other measures to prevent this incident and the time and effort involved would have been minimal."
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Posted by Trusha Vyas