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    LORRY DRIVER PROSECUTED AFTER ROAD DEATH

    Road worker died during motorway resurfacing project

    The driver of a contractor has been sentenced after the death of a road worker on M8 motorway in March 2014.

    Paisley Sheriff Court heard that HGV Alexander Johnstone, employed by J C Bell Newhouse Limited, was driving along the M8 when the vehicle he was driving struck Ryan McNally a roadworker who was carrying out road resurfacing work on the M8 near Glasgow Airport.

    The worker was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Reversed without banksman

    HSE investigators found two lanes of the M8 were closed overnight for resurfacing work. During this work Alexander Johnstone drove his lorry to the site to deliver road surfacing materials.

    The vehicle entered the site at the wrong access point and reversed into the area where the new surface was being laid.

    During this reversing operation the vehicle struck Ryan McNally who was painting the surface joints.

    • Alexander Johnstone – pleaded guilty to breaching Section 7 (a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. He has been sentenced to complete 240 hours of community order.

    Speaking after the hearing HSE Principal Inspector Graeme McMinn said:

    “This tragic accident led to the needless death of a young man. Alexander Johnstone entered the roadworks at the wrong access point and that led to him reversing a considerable distance through the roadworks without a banksman.

    Construction activity should be planned to reduce the need for reversing and where that is not possible further control measures such as the use of a banksman should be implemented.”

     

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