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LACK OF SITE FENCING LED TO TRENCH DROWNING

Vulnerable member of the public died in flooded excavation

Sandford Park Ltd, a Glasgow based construction company, has been fined £110,000 after the death of an 83-year old man.

Kirkcaldy Sherriff Court heard 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 died from drowning.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Sandford Park Ltd 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.

Continuous fence

Sandford Park Ltd of St Vincent Street, Glasgow pleaded guilty to 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.”

A spokesperson for Sandford Park said:

“Our sincere thoughts are with Mr Philbin’s family at what is an extremely upsetting time. Site safety remains our over-riding priority and we continue to take every possible step to ensure that there can be no repeat of this tragic accident. We accept that there was a failure here for which we apologise unreservedly.”

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