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15Oct92 UK: COURT TOLD OF DEATH FALLS.

Two workers plunged to their deaths after a maintenance gantry which was known to be dangerous fell from the underside of the Severn Bridge, a Bristol court was told this week.The prosecution alleged that the 38-tonne gantry lacked a fail-safe device which would have shown it was not secure.Robin Phelps, of Gloucestershire, and Eric Sullivan from Gwent, died after falling from the bridge in September 1990.Four companies deny breaching the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act. They are: contractor John Laing; consultant engineer Flint and Neill; and gantry manufacturers Tirfor of Sheffield and Secalt of Luxembourg.