A three-year-old boy died after a concrete bollard toppled on to him at the Royal Highland Show, a court was told.
The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, which runs the show, was fined £100,000 after being found guilty of breaching health and safety laws on a majority verdict.
Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that Ben Craggs, of Sedgefield, County Durham, had gone to the show at Ingliston near Edinburgh with his parents in June 2008.
The jury heard Ben’s father, Jonathan, who is a farmer, was showing cattle at the event and had gone with his son to collect his show jacket from his parked lorry in a car park.
But as he locked the vehicle’s door he heard a steward shouting and ran to find Ben on the ground with a 148kg moveable bollard on top of him.
Ben suffered severe head injuries
The court heard the youngster had fallen and grabbed hold of a rope connecting two bollards, one of which had fallen over and hit him on the head. It was told by one witness that the bollards had seemed to be unstable.
Following the accident Ben was taken to Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children where he tragically passed away from severe head injuries.
The jury found the society guilty of failing to make sure the moveable bollards in the showground’s North Car Park were maintained in a condition and connected in a way which did not present a risk of them overturning.
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Fining the society, Sheriff Paul Arthurson expressed his and the public’s sympathy to Mr and Mrs Craggs for Ben’s death.
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