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Demolition firm fined for fatal accident

31 Aug 11 Glasgow-based Whiteinch Demolition has been fined £15,000 for the death of a worker who was killed when a weight dropped from an excavator he was dismantling.

On 12 May 2008 Bernard McCarroll, aged 68 years from Croy, was dismantling a hydraulic excavator at the company's yard in Glasgow, using a flame torch. The 7t machine weighed had a weight at the rear to assist stability. While flame cutting the bolts that held the weight to the frame of the machine, part of it fell onto him, causing fatal injuries.

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that the dismantling operation had not been properly risk assessed or planned by the company. The court was told that a safe system of work had not been provided to those carrying out the dismantling task. It was also found that insufficient information and instruction had been made available by the company with regard to the assembly of this large machine.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Russell Berry said: "The dismantling operation had not been planned sufficiently and it was left to Mr McCarroll to decide how to carry out the task as it progressed.

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"In failing to carry out a risk assessment for this job and failing to plan a safe method of carrying out the work, Whiteinch Demolition Ltd failed to protect Bernard McCarroll and it cost him his life.

"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."

Whiteinch Demolition Ltd, of Centurion Works, Balmuildy Road, Bishopbriggs, pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974. 

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