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Two Avoid Jail After Worker Dies

Worker came in contact with 11,000 volt powerlines

Bryan Welch, 46, was putting roof tiles on the top of a barn reconstruction at Red House Farm, Smethcott, Church Stretton on November 4, 2013, working directly under two power lines.

Mr Welch was working with his cousin Simon Bloor, 54, at the time, and came into contact with the power lines.

Mr Welch, of Marshbrook, received treatment, but later died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Bloor, and farm owner John Richard Downes, 73, admitted failing to avoid risks to health and safety arising from the construction of a barn under power lines, and working at height.

Sentencing the pair, Judge Jim Tindal said: “By the end of October and early November, the risks of this were obvious, but you ploughed on regardless.”

Both men admitted health and safety breaches at previous hearings.

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