Kirkcaldy company fined after member of the public drowns
A Glasgow based construction company has been fined £110,000 after the death of an 83-year old man in Kirkcaldy.
Kirkcaldy Sherriff Court was told that in early January 2015 an elderly gentlemen, who suffered from a number of age-related illnesses, walked onto the construction site which was closed for the holidays.
While on the site operated by Sandford Park Ltd he fell into a flooded excavation and drowned.
An HSE investigation found that Sandford Park failed to install the appropriate level of fencing around the site to prevent members of the public – including vulnerable adults and children – from accessing the construction site.
Sandford Park of Glasgow pleaded guilty breaching Regulation 22(1) (l) of the Construction (Design and management) Regulations 2007 and was fined £110,000.
Speaking after the hearing HSE Inspector Gillian Anderson said: “This tragic incident could have been prevented, had the company installed a continuous fence around the site.”
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