Glasgow & West Scotland

Whiteinch Demolition fined over Bernard McCarroll death

Glasgow Sheriff Court
Image caption Whiteinch Demolition pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches

A demolition firm has been fined £15,000 over health and safety breaches after a worker was killed by falling machinery at a site in Glasgow.

Bernard McCarroll, 68, from Croy, North Lanarkshire, died in May 2008 after he was hit by a falling weight at the yard, run by Whiteinch Demolition Ltd.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) probe found the company failed in adequate planning and risk assessment.

The firm admitted breaking health and safety laws at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Whiteinch Demolition, from Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire, pleaded guilty to breaking section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Insufficient information

During the hearing, the court how Mr McCarroll was dismantling a hydraulic excavator when a weight from machinery fell on him.

The court heard 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 the 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.

"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 been easily avoided. If straightforward steps had been taken then Mr McCarroll would undoubtedly be alive today."

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