A Scottish based company has been found guilty of breaching Sections 2 and 33(1) (a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £200,000 after an employee working to strengthen parts of the Annick Water Viaduct, Stewarton in Ayrshire fell from a working platform and died of his injuries.
A joint investigation held by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the employee was working from a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) on top of concrete plinths.
It was reported that the ground was sloping but the MEWPS were not fitted with any edge safety rails to prevent falls.
While the worker was standing on the mobile platform, it moved forward and off the plinth. It overturned and caused the employee to be thrown against the Viaduct and then fall into the river 13 metres below.
After the case which was heard at the Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, head of Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) Gary Aitken said:
“This was an entirely avoidable tragedy which has left family and friends devastated at the loss of a loved one.
“Hopefully, today’s outcome will highlight the need for companies to keep the health and safety of their employees to the fore.”