Scaffolding death in Scotland: health and safety prosecution
Scaffolding death: £40,000 fine
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service v Extra Access Ltd (2015) Hamilton Sheriff Court, July 31
Extra Access Ltd, a Glasgow scaffolding company, has been fined following the death of a worker.
Significant points of the case
In September 2011 James Baillie, a roof worker, was carrying out roof work at a property in South Lanarkshire.
He fell through a scaffold tower deck six metres to the ground and suffered fatal injuries.
The deck was in a poor state of repair because of brown rot decay. When Baillie walked on it, it broke.
The company was fined £40,000 for a breach of section 3, HSW Act, for failing to ensure the health and safety of non-employees.
An HSE inspector commented after the case that there was no excuse for allowing the use at work of mobile tower access components which were in such a poor condition. The scaffolding industry was well aware of the risks involved in this type of work.