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Friday, 16 August, 2002, 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK
Restaurant death safety officer's plea
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A worker was electrocuted while cleaning
A restaurant safety officer has denied breaching health and safety regulations following the death of a Lincoln fast food worker.

Former Fatty Arbuckle's executive Charles Helmrich, 49, entered a not guilty plea during a brief appearance at Lincoln Magistrates Court on Friday.

Mr Helmrich was responsible for safety at the restaurant where Mark Thorne, 17, was electrocuted four years ago when he moved a plate warmer while mopping the floor at the Fatty Arbuckle's restaurant.

The plate warmer was found to have a faulty plug.

Faulty equipment

An inquest jury decided Mark, of Nightingale Crescent, Lincoln, was unlawfully killed .

When Health and Safety officers inspected the premises, 11 of 58 electrical appliances in the restaurant were found to be faulty.

Mr Helmrich of Elmsfield Avenue, York, is accused of an an offence under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act between August 26, 1997 and January 20, 1999.

The case was adjourned for trial on date to be fixed.


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