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Power firm fined after fatal accident

Power firm fined after fatal accident

A power company has been fined £300,000 for heath and safety breaches after the tragic death of an employee.

UK Power Networks (formerly known as EDF Energy Networks Limited) supplies the East of England, London and the South East.

Jonathan Crosby from Dickleburgh, Norfolk was working for the firm on overhead power lines when he suffered a fatal electric shock in November 2007.

The 45-year-old was in a cherry-picker on Sawmills Road in Diss when an electrical transformer he was removing from a pole connected to the lines made contact with live power, Norwich Crown Court heard.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched a probe over the incident and brought the prosecution against the firm. It found that fuses supplying the transformer had not been removed to cut the power supply while Mr Crosby was working.

The HSE investigation also said that staff training had not been sufficient and that rigorous and up-to-date procedures had not been devised and followed.

UK Power Networks admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was also ordered to pay costs of £219,352.09.

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