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Companies fined 1.2m after death

Bleo Holm vessel
Bleo Holm was 70 miles off Aberdeen when the accident happened

Two offshore companies have been fined a total of 1.2m after admitting safety breaches which led to the death of an oil worker.

Matthew Grey was killed when he was struck by a metal clamp during a pipe cutting operation 70 miles north east of Aberdeen, on the Bleo Holm vessel.

Mr Grey, from Darlington, died in January, 2007.

Aker Kvaerner Offshore Partner Ltd and Talisman Energy were fined 600,000 each at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

After the case, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a warning about the dangers of "poorly managed lifting operations" offshore.

A spokesman said: "This tragic incident should remind everyone in the offshore industry and elsewhere that lifting operations are hazardous and must be carried out in a safe manner."

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