Scotland; Construction firm fined £700,000 after worker crushed to death

A construction company has been fined £700,000 over safety failings after one of its employees was crushed by a dumper truck.

John Cameron, 61, from Tyne and Wear, was working for BAM Nuttall during the building of an electricity sub-station at Blackhillock, near Keith in Moray.

He died after his legs became trapped under a passing truck.

Mr Cameron’s death in October 2016 led to industry-wide changes to site safety.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard how he had been fitting a new blade to a specialist saw when the accident happened.

Fiscal depute Gavin Callaghan told Sheriff Gary Aitken there was a safe place where Mr Cameron could have carried out his work, but it was not clearly designated.

Mr Callaghan said: “Mr Cameron was left to his own devices. What he did and where he did it was not safe but that is no criticism of Mr Cameron.

“No-one from BAM challenged him and there had been no risk planning.

“It is not suggested that BAM had a cavalier attitude towards health and safety and it is tragic that an oversight has such terrible consequences.”

BAM Nuttall admitted failing to make a suitable risk assessment in the task of repair and replacement of equipment on site and the risk of vehicles and pedestrians coming into contact with each other.

It also failed to provide a system of work that could be carried out safely and which segregated persons from vehicles.

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