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Precast concrete employee dies at work

Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating circumstances that led an employee of Cumbrian precast concrete company ACP Concrete to die at work on Friday.

Martin McGlasson, 37, died at work in the town of Workington, Cumbria Constabulary police said.

McGlasson died when a flight of concrete stairs collapsed, according to media reports. The police and HSE are now investigating the circumstances around the accident.

ACP Concrete was fined £15,000 by the HSE in August 2010 after a grip failure caused a 9mm diameter steel cable to impale a factory worker’s leg, leaving him with a hole through his shin. An HSE investigation found that the company did not have any system in place for inspecting and maintaining the grips, and that an average of eight grips failed each week at the premises.

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