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MINIMAL FINE FOLLOWS FRAGILE ROOF FATALITY

hselogo1Casual worker employed to repair a roof fell to his death

HSE has reported that Ayr Sheriff Court has heard how on 26 August 2012, William Sproat, aged 63, from Patna, Ayshire, was employed by David William McVey to repair a storm damaged shed roof at Brunton Farm, New Cummnock owned by William and Allison Nairn.

David McVey and William Sproat gained access to the shed roof via ladders to replace roof sheeting. William Sproat fell approximately 18 ft through the fragile roof to the concrete floor below.

He sustained serious injuries from which he died on 31 August 2012.

No measures taken to prevent or mitigate fall

There was no edge protection and neither wore safety harnesses. No measures were taken by David McVey to prevent or mitigat a fall from height.

David William McVey, of Jellieston Terrace, Patna, East Ayrshire, was fined a total of £10,000, after pleading guilty to offences under Section 2(1) and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

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