Esso fined for Fawley sailor death

Esso Petroleum has been fined £100,000 for the death of a sailor at Fawley Oil Refinery. Austin & McLean, a Bournemouth based company, were also fined for breaching Health and Safety Regulations.

Juan Romero, 40, from Honduras, was a sailor working on a docked ship at Fawley. Mr Romero was crushed to death when a corroded bolt caused a pipe on the fuel crane to collapse on him on in August 2008.

Malcolm Whyatt, a Health and Safety Inspector, said, “The corroded pad-eye was an obvious defect that posed a clear risk, and the investigation established that it had been corroded for some time”. He continued, the incident was “wholly avoidable” and that “both parties had failed in their duty of care”.