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    Health and Safety News

    Abattoir fined £100k over man’s death

    By David Brown on August 22, 2014

    A Borders abattoir has been fined £100,000 after a breach of health and safety regulations that led to the death of an employee.

    David Barker, who worked for Scottish Borders Abattoir Limited, tragically died in an accident at the Winston Road site in January 2011.

    Verdict

    The Selkirkshire-based company was found guilty at Jedburgh Sheriff Court to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act as well as regulations covering the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.

    The court heard Mr Barker was loosening fixings attaching the support frame of a partition door when the support frame collapsed, trapping him by the neck and suffocating him.

    An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive discovered the company had not provided proper instruction, training or supervision, and a suitable and sufficient risk assessment had not been carried out prior to the task.

    After the hearing

    Gary Aitken, head of the COPFS Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, health and safety division, described it as an “entirely avoidable tragedy”.

    He added that the case acted as a reminder for companies to treat the health and safety of their employees as a priority.

    Fatal accident

    Accident Advice Helpline is on hand for family members who have lost a loved one in a fatal accident and employs a team of lawyers who specialise in several areas of personal injury cases. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Source: BBC News

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    Date Published: August 22, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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