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Aberdeen company fined after man falls from scaffolding

23-09-2011

Spark's Mechanical Services Ltd, an Aberdeen electrical and refrigeration services company, has been fined £10,000 after a worker was seriously injured when he fell 2.6 metres from a scaffolding tower.

On 19 October 2010, Charles Howie was working on a scaffolding tower at Iceberg Ltd fish processing factory in Fraserburgh to remove two ceiling mounted refrigeration units from the coldstore.

The units were attached to the ceiling by eight bolts; four had been removed and Mr Howie  ontinued to work on the unit before a forklift truck was in place to support it.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that at least one of the four remaining bolts fractured while Mr Howie was working on it, causing it to fall and strike the scaffold tower, throwing Mr Howie to the ground. Mr Howie suffered a collapsed lung and five fractured ribs and was unable to return to normal work duties for five months.

At Peterhead Sheriff Court yesterday (23 September) Spark's Mechanical Services Limited, of Broadfold Road, Bridge of Don Industrial Estate, Aberdeen, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

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