Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Water Service at fault for explosion fatality

The widow of a Castlederg man killed in an explosion at a water treatment plant in Londonderry today said she was glad the Water Service had been held accountable.

Jean Stevenson spoke today after the Water Service was found responsible for the death of her husband last year.

Father-of-six Drew Stevenson (51), was killed and a colleague seriously injured in the explosion during construction work at the Carnmoney Water Treatment Works in Eglinton in last June.

A Crown Censure hearing about the death was held yesterday following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive.

The Censure concluded: "There were shortcomings in the risk management procedures for Carnmoney Water Treatment Works that led to the tragedy."

"I don't really forgive the Water Service", Mrs Jean Stevenson (57) said today.

"But I didn't want to see any one person jailed or lose their job over it.

"They didn't set out to kill him, but they should have done a lot more to prevent it."

The Water Service has accepted the censure, and presented information to the hearing on measures put in place since the blast to prevent it happening again.

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