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Guilty pleas after dad, 32, dies in tragedy as he tried to fix telephone line

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A 'loving and selfless' dad-of-two died when trying to fix a telephone line near a swollen river. Alun Owen slipped and fell into the River Aber in Abergwyngregyn, near Bangor in North Wales, before being swept away on October 6, 2020.

The 32-year-old Openreach engineer, known as 'Al Bonc' to friends and family, should never have been put in that position by his employer according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

It deemed the location to be an 'unsafe working position' following an investigation into the tragedy. Openreach Limited was slapped with a £1.34m fine after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at work etc.

Act 1974, and were ordered to pay costs of £15,858.35 at Llandudno Magistrates' Court yesterday (June 5). The HSE insisted Mr Owen's death should have been 'preventable', Wales Online reports. READ MORE: "I'm having another man's baby with my husband's blessing...

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