Firm fined over worker’s death

A NOTTINGHAM steeplejack firm has been fined £100,000 after an employee from Mansfield was killed and another worker injured during two separate falls.

Brian Collins (52) was setting up abseiling equipment to paint one of the chimneys at Sutton Bridge Power Station in Lincolnshire, when he fell through open grating in a platform on the chimney in March 2008.

Mr Collins, of West Bank Avenue, fell 34m and died at the scene. The company he was working for, Central (High Rise) Ltd, of Sneinton, has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for failing to protect Mr Collins and another employee who broke his back in a separate incident.

Leicester Crown Court was told the firm put Mr Collins and his colleagues at the power station at serious risk by failing to carry out a proper risk assessment and properly manage and monitor the work.

The firm admitted one charge in relation to the death of Mr Collins and one charge in relation to the other incident.

It was also ordered to pay £32,000 costs.