A Glasgow based steel fabrication company has been fined £200,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
The sentenced followed a joint investigation between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Police Scotland into how a 31 year old worker, was crushed to death while working on a housing development in Maryhill, Glasgow in October 2009.
The worker was using a machine to compact hardcore in an area next to a steel scaffold. The structure was being manoeuvred into place but when the lifting chains were released the structure began to tilt and fall. The employee, although running away from the falling structure, was struck on the neck and shoulders.
He died of his injuries.
Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that the investigation revealed serious health and safety failings. The HSE told the court that the anchor bolts were poorly installed and could have been removed by hand.
Furthermore, the bolts had not been checked, risk assessments not updated and work methods not reviewed. No exclusion area was made to protect other workers.
Following the case, HSE Inspector Gerard McCulloch, said:
“[The company] as principal contractor, and the two companies sub-contracted for the steelwork construction, had duties to work together to plan, manager and monitor the work to ensure it was carried out safely.
“It is clear all three companies failed in this duty and it was these failings that led to the tragic death of [the employee].”
Information about health and safety in the construction industry can be found on the HSE website at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/index.htm