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Esso fined £100,000 over Fawley sailor death

Esso has been fined £100,000 after health and safety failings led to a ship's worker being crushed to death under a fuel hose.

Juan Romero, 40, died when a corroded bolt caused the pipe and its crane to collapse on him at Fawley marine terminal, Southampton in August 2008.

Mr Romero, from Honduras, was a seaman working onboard a docked ship.

Esso, which admitted breaching health and safety offences, was also ordered to pay £50,000 in costs.

Bournemouth-based Austin & McLean Ltd, hired by Esso to maintain the steel crane supporting the fuel hose, was also fined for breaching health and safety regulations.

The company was fined £60,000 with £30,000 in costs after the Winchester Crown Court trial on Monday.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the incident was "wholly avoidable".

HSE inspector Malcolm Whyatt, said: "The corroded pad-eye was an obvious defect that posed a clear risk, and the investigation established that it had been corroded for some time.

"Both parties failed in their duty of care to ensure it was identified, replaced and the jib made safe."

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