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    THREE INCIDENTS IN THREE WEEKS

    Rooflight fall adds to mounting incident toll in Scotland

     STV has reported that a workman has suffered serious head injuries after falling over 15m through the roof of a building on an Aberdeen industrial estate. It is reported that the 36-year-old man was cleaning roof gutters when he fell through the roof on Blackness Road at the Altens Industrial Estate.

    A spokesperson for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We were called to reports that a man had fallen through the roof of an oil industry building on Blackness Road. He had head injuries and was taken to hospital.” 

    The building occupier to whom the workman was contracted said he was “responding well to treatment”.

    Comment: We are aware of 15 construction sector deaths in the five months since 1 April 2009. This number needs to be compared with the total of 53 deaths in 2008/2009 suggesting that the downward trend in the number of construction fatalities is continuing. We must hope that these two deaths and one serious incident in Scotland during a three week period are not the start of the trend reversing.

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