Doncaster Council was fined £400,000 last week after an electrician died following lapses in health and safety procedures.
Michael Seiles, 31, of Wheatley, Doncaster, South Yorkshire had been called to repair a heating unit in the council’s offices in 1997. He died after touching live wires.
Council managers knew of the dangers but had not warned electricians. The council pleaded guilty at Doncaster Crown Court to offences under the Health and Safety Act and was fined £400,000, with £30,000 costs.
David Cotton, head of operations at the HSE, which prosecuted the council, said, “I hope this fine will bring home to all employers the high price of not properly discharging responsibilities of ensuring the safety of people working on their property.”
A council spokesperson said, “Since this incident the local authority has been working on improving safety procedures, and has placed priority on electrical safety.”