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Second fall victim dies in chimney

A STEEPLEJACK fell 18m to his death in the main chimney stack at Eggborough power station near Selby last week, the second steeplejack to die at the site in three years.

Michael Robson, 48, from Middlesbrough, was working for Cleveland-based contractor H&A Height Services.

He was between floors 14 and 15 of the 140m-tall chimney erecting scaffold to allow access for the installation of condensation collectors as part of a desulphurisation project when the incident happened.

He fell from the space between the four central flues and the external supporting tubular concrete structure.

Owner British Energy said: 'The station is working with the HSE, who are on site.We will investigate it thoroughly and try to learn any lessons.'

Eggborough power station has been served with two prohibition notices in three years to halt unsafe working practices.

In July 2002 steeplejack David Jamieson died when he fell to his death from floor 13 of the same chimney.