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Monday, July 19, 1999 Published at 15:01 GMT 16:01 UK


Firms fined over rig deaths

Two men died in the incident

Two firms have each been fined 50,000 after the deaths of two workers in an explosion on an oil rig berthed at Dundee.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard that a system of safety checks had not been adhered to prior to the blast and ensuing fire in July last year.

McGregor Energy Services and the rig's owners Global Marine UK admitted contravening health and safety regulations.

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The court heard safety was "slapdash"
The court heard that a system of safety checks on the Glomar Arctic Four was not adhered to prior to the incident and monitoring of the safety system was "rather slapdash".

Richard King, from Jarrow, and Roland Duffell, from Alnwick, died in the incident.

MacGregor Energy Services admitted two contraventions of health and safety regulations.

Global Marine UK, admitted a single charge of failing to ensure the provision and maintenance of a system of safe working.

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