A Fife man has been fined after one of his employees fell to his death through the fragile roof of a Markinch warehouse.
At Dunfermline Sheriff Court today, Boyd Lamont (DOB 13/01/1957) from Buckhaven, Fife, was fined a total of £20,000 for breaches of Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
The charges concern the death of 32 year old Thomas Sturrock on 29 September 2008.
Mr Sturrock, and a number of other men, were employed by Boyd Lamont, a self-employed contractor then trading as ‘Special Access Inspection’. The men were working at height to clean the fragile roof of the warehouse of Tullis Russell Papermaker Ltd in Markinch, Fife. Boyd Lamont failed to properly assess the risks associated with the work, and failed to provide his men with appropriate safety equipment, such as crawling boards, in order that they could work safely whilst they were on the fragile roof.
On 29 September 2008, Thomas Sturrock was walking on the roof when he fell through it, resulting in his falling approximately 14.5 metres to the concrete floor below. He died of his injuries at the scene.
Following a lengthy trial at Dunfermline Sheriff Court, Boyd Lamont pled guilty to failing to ensure the health and safety of his employees, in particular failing to ensure that they were not exposed to risks of injury or death by falling from or through the roof. He also pled guilty to failing to provide his employees with equipment, information, instruction, training and supervision or a safe system of work for employees carrying out such work at height, and failing to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of his employees arising from this work.
Following the case, Elaine Taylor, Head of the COPFS Health and Safety Division, said:
“This tragic death could have been avoided if Boyd Lamont had properly assessed the risks associated with the work on the roof, and ensured that his men had were properly trained, resourced and equipped to carry out this work safely. Work at height involves significant risks and as an employer, Boyd Lamont had a duty to assess and mitigate them. He completely and utterly failed to do so, and that cost a young man his life.
“Employers must ensure that the risks associated with such work are properly assessed, that appropriate equipment is provided and safe working practices are followed. Failure to do so can have tragic consequences, as in this case.
“The charges that Boyd Lamont faced are (if committed after 16 January 2009) now punishable by imprisonment if committed by an individual. Duty holders should be aware of the potential consequences for them of failing in relation to their health and safety obligations.
“Our thoughts today are with the family and friends of Thomas Sturrock”
via Fife man fined £20,000 after worker falls through fragile roof | Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.