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Water company fined after death of employee

South West Water has been sentenced following the death of one of its employees.

South West Water has been sentenced following the death of one of its employees.

Mr Geach, a 54 year old catchment operator, was working on a sand filtration unit in Falmouth Waste Water Treatment Works in December 2013 when a colleague found him face down in water. He died at the scene.

Mr Geach was last seen working on top of the unit several hours before he was found by his colleague who was responding to the company’s lone worker system.

A HSE investigation found the company failed to identify the risk of drowning for the maintenance that Mr Geach was undertaking, which was carried out regularly.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, was fined £1.8million and ordered to pay costs of £41,607.71.

The case highlights proper planning and measures against the risk of drowning.

You can find out more about this case on the HSE website.