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National power company fined after employee electrocuted

UK Power Networks (which supplies the East of England, London and the South East) has been fined after an employee died while working at one of its Norfolk sites.

Jonathan Crosby, 45, was working as an electrical overhead linesman at UK Power Networks (formerly known as EDF Energy Networks Limited) in Sawmills Road, Diss when the incident happened on 9 November 2007.

He was in a cherry-picker five metres above ground, removing an electrical transformer from the top of a pole connected to overhead power lines. As it was being removed, the transformer made contact with live power resulting in Mr Crosby receiving a fatal electrical shock.

The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) investigation found that fuses supplying the transformer had not been removed to cut the electricity supply while it was lifted by a crane and also being held by Mr Crosby.

UK Power Networks of Newington House, 237 Southwark Bridge Road, London admitted breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was ordered to pay a fine of £300,000 and costs of £219,352.09.

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