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CALLS FOR HSE ACTION AFTER CRANE OIL LEAK DEATHS

Father demands HSE answers after FAI hears of “box ticking” maintenance 

The BBC has reported that Barry Copeland, whose wife and children died when their car skidded on the A92 in in January 2008, is demanding to know what action is being taken by HSE.

A Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) at Stonehaven Sheriff Court heard that hydraulic oil leaked from a mobile crane. Mr Copeland said he has received the findings which have yet to be issued and will be writing to the HSE asking what action they intended to take. He said:

“The sheriff concluded that the accident was caused by hydraulic oil on the road and that, on the balance of probabilities, the oil was deposited on the road by the mobile crane.

He also found that had the company had a preventative maintenance system in place then the deaths may well have been avoided. Oil spillages continue to cause large numbers of accidents on Scotland’s roads.”

Witness Hamish Anderson told the FAI he discovered several gallons of hydraulic oil had leaked from his vehicle and admitted he did not check the levels regularly. He said under questioning that checks carried out at the time were “really just an exercise in box ticking”.

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