Lorry driver killed in accident at work results in GBP 53.3k pay out

A lorry driver was killed in an accident at work, which has resulted in two companies having to pay out GBP 53,300.

Andrew Brown sustained fatal injuries when he was hit by two steel gates at Simpsons Garden Centre in Inverness in August 2008.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Graeme McMinn said: "This was a horrific and entirely avoidable incident. If proper safety measures had been taken, Mr Brown could still be alive today."

He went on to say that those involved in deliveries should ensure lorries can be loaded and unloaded in a safe manner.

Mr Brown's employers, James Paterson Haulage Ltd, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined GBP 13,300.

Mackay Steelwork and Cladding Ltd, of Longman Drive in Inverness, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the same Act and was fined GBP 40,000.

Two aerospace firms were fined a total of GBP 75,000 recently after a man died in an accident at work when more than two tonnes of steel collapsed on him.

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