Demolition firm fined following worker death

A demolition company from Glasgow has been fined following an accident at work which resulted in the death of a member of staff.

Whiteinch Demolition Ltd, of Centurion Works, Balmuildy Road, Bishopbriggs, was ordered to pay GBP 15,000 at Glasgow Sheriff Court after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974.

The penalty was in relation to a May 2008 accident when Bernard McCarroll, aged 68 years from Croy, was dismantling a hydraulic excavator at the company's yard in Glasgow using a flame torch.

The seven-tonne machine had a weight at the rear to assist stability, which fell onto Mr McCarroll while he was flame-cutting it, causing fatal injuries.

Following the hearing, Health and Safety Executive inspector Russell Berry commented: "This incident was entirely foreseeable and could have easily been avoided. If straightforward steps had been taken then Mr McCarroll would undoubtedly be alive today."

Last week, First Skips Ltd, of Thornley Station Industrial Estate, Shotton Colliery, was issued with the penalty and ordered to pay GBP 3,528.70 in costs at Peterlee Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 during a October 2009 accident at work in which a man suffered serious injuries.

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