£17,000 fine for MUA over worker death

The courthouse in Douglas

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Manx Utilities Authority has been fined £17,000 for one offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The authority pleaded guilty to failing to discharge its duty after a worker was killed when a wall collapsed in December 2012.

The charge related to the death of 52-year-old John Lawrence Gell, known as ‘Lude’, who died whilst carrying out excavation work to replace a water pipe in Peel.

Mr Gell was working with three others in a public footpath, near Marine Parade, Peel, when without warning the wall fell on top of him.

An inquest into Mr Gell’s death in 2013 recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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