How much could you claim?

Find out in 30 seconds...
Injured in the last 3 years?
Was the accident your fault?
Did you recieve medical attention?
Please tell us where you were injured
  • Please enter your full name
  • Please enter a valid name
  • Please enter your telephone number
  • Please enter a valid telephone number
  • Please read our Terms & Conditions

    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Man drowns at water treatment works

    By Jonathan Brown on May 9, 2017

    Man drowns at water treatment works

    A lone-worker drowned at a water treatment works in Falmouth, a court has heard.

    South West Water has now been fined £1.8 million following the death of 54-year-old Robert Geach.

    Hadn’t been seen for hours

    Mr Geach, a catchment operator, was working on a sand filtration unit of the Falmouth Waste Water Treatment Works on December 30, 2013, Truro Crown Court heard.

    He was discovered by a colleague face down in water and was judged to have died at the scene having drowned.

    The colleague arrived on the scene in response to a lone-worker system. It had been several hours since anyone else had seen Mr Geach, who had been spotted working on the top of the unit.

    It was revealed by a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation that the company hadn’t identified the risk of drowning during the maintenance work Mr Geach and his colleagues undertook on a regular basis.

    Safety measures needed improving

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

    HSE Inspector Georgina Speake said: “This tragic case could have been prevented if the company had reduced the size of the hatch used to access the sand filters, and properly considered the hazards of the operation, including how close Mr Geach was to the water.

    “Mr Geach was exposed to the risk of drowning which could have easily been controlled if the task had been properly planned and simple measures adopted earlier which South West Water failed to do so adequately.”

    Source: Health and Safety Executive

    Share On


    Date Published: May 9, 2017

    Author: Jonathan Brown

    Category: News

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.