Scottish Power fined over fatal accident at work

Scottish Power UK plc has been fined GBP 130,000 after one of its employees died in an accident at work.

Simon Lines, from Prees in Shropshire, was just 20 years old when he was killed on January 2nd 2007.

A power cable that had sagged because of high winds was struck by a passing van, causing it to fall onto the road.

It then flew up into the air and hit Mr Lines in the face, causing him injuries that he died from eight days later.

"Overhead power lines can be dangerous and need to be treated with caution, especially if they appear to be damaged," said John Steed, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) specialist electrical inspector.

A HSE investigation found that the cable had been able to sag because it was attached to a wooden block that had started to rot.

Last month, Ark Brothers Limited was fined after a man was crushed to death in an accident at work.

Posted by Trevor Baker ADNFCR-2070-ID-800292906-ADNFCR

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