June 5, 2017

Get the SHP newsletter

Daily health and safety news, job alerts and resources

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.”

The Safety Conversation Podcast: Listen now!

The Safety Conversation with SHP (previously the Safety and Health Podcast) aims to bring you the latest news, insights and legislation updates in the form of interviews, discussions and panel debates from leading figures within the profession.

Find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts, subscribe and join the conversation today!

Related Topics

Notify of

1 Comment
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Gary Magee
Gary Magee
7 years ago

How would landowners stand with unfenced public waterways such as canals and balancing lakes?