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.
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.
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Source: BBC News
Date Published: August 22, 2014
Author: David Brown