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Driver died in power line strike

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A company has been fined £400,000 after a driver was killed when his truck-mounted grab struck an overhead power line.

The site of the incident.

Luton Crown Court heard how Darren Waterman, a driver employed by Just Grab Services to unload material at a farm, was using the crane grab when it came into contact with an 11kv overhead power line (OHPL) and he was killed.

The site was managed by Options Energy Resource and a Health and Safety Executive investigation found the company had identified the risk from OHPLs in risk assessments but had failed to implement measures and adequately plan construction work and to train its employees.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations and was fined £400,000.

HSE inspector Samantha Wells said: “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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©Scottish Plant.  Article posted 14/3/2019