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The Daily Record (Scotland): pounds 110k fine for death on oil ship

Published: May 25, 2007

A NORTH Sea oil company were fined pounds 110,000 yesterday for safety breaches that led to a worker’s death on a drilling ship.

Derrick Love, 34, of Invergowrie, near Dundee, was hit by tool-string assembly equipment.

The deck operator was on MSV Seawell, which is owned by Cal Dive International and was carrying out work for Shell, on February 20 last year.

Aberdeen firm Well Ops (UK), formerly Cal Dive International, admitted failing to control the lowering and lifting of the mandrel and toolstring assembly.

Well Ops (UK) were prosecuted at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Last night, Health and Safety Executive principal inspector Ken Staples said: “This case highlighted the importance of companies with duties under the law to ensure robust management systems to identify hazards associated with lifting operations.”

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