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Northumbrian Water Group (NWG) provides water and sewage services. It is based in Durham, England.

Northumbrian Water Group Headquarter Location

Abbey Road Northumbria House

Durham, England, DH1 5FJ,

United Kingdom

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Northumbrian Water admit safety breaches after worker suffers open fracture to leg

Sep 9, 2021

Northumbrian Water admit safety breaches after worker suffers open fracture to leg The company, along with JW Colpitts & Co, pleaded guilty to health and safety charges after a large water pipe struck the victim at Kielder Reservoir, in Northumberland Sign up for free to get the latest Northumberland news and updates delivered straight to your inbox Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later. Subscribe We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Northumbrian Water has admitted health and safety breaches after a worker suffered an open fracture to his leg. The victim was employed by the company and JW Colpitts & Co at Kielder Reservoir, in Northumberland, when an accident happened in June 2018. A court heard that the employee and others had been tasked with connecting a large water pipe in the submersible discharge valve chamber 1 at the beauty spot. However, the pipe swung across the chamber and struck the victim, causing his left leg to break and the bone to come through the skin. An investigation was subsequently launched by the Health and Safety Executive and they identified that the two companies were responsible for a number of safety shortfalls. Now, Northumbrian Water has pleaded guilty to one count of being an employer failing to discharge general health, safety and welfare duty to employees and one of an employer failing to discharge general health/safety duty to person other than employee. JW Colpitts & Co admitted one count of being an employer failing to discharge general health, safety and welfare duty to employees. Newcastle Magistrates' Court heard that the accident happened while the staff member was working at Kielder Reservoir on June 5 2018. Robert Stevenson, prosecuting, said: "[The victim] suffered an open compound fracture to his left leg while working for the defendants. "He and other employees were attempting to connect a large water valve, effectively a large pipe, in a confined chamber when the valve swung across the chamber and struck him." The court heard that a subsequent investigation revealed that the work hadn't been properly planned by the two companies. Mr Stevenson said that both organisations failed to carry out a proper risk assessment, failed to ensure safety measures and failed to supervise or monitor the work. District Judge Sarah Griffiths said he powers were sufficient to deal with the case. She added: "The only penalty I can impose is that of a financial penalty." The case was adjourned until January 6 for sentence and is expected to take a whole day. For the latest local news in your area direct to your inbox every day, go here to sign up to our free newsletter Read More

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