Dundee firms breach safety laws
Posted Wed, 01 Feb 2012
Three companies in Dundee have been fined a total of £336,000 for breaching workplace health and safety guidelines, following an accident which seriously injured an employee.
In 2008, Christopher Carson, then 23, was a floor gymnast competing at national level and a coach in the sport, while working as an electrician's labourer in Dundee during the day. On 3 October 2008, Mr Carson stood on a roof light and fell through it, falling onto machinery in the room below before landing on his back on the concrete floor. He suffered fractures to his back along with fractures and dislocation to his shoulder.
At Dundee Sheriff's Court, three companies were under fire for being responsible for the accident. Carson's employer, Robert A.S. Crockett and Partners Ltd, was fined £66,000 after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
It had been contracted to fit the lighting system by Electroguard Security Systems, which is part of a larger project at Dundee Cold Stores. These two organisation were fined £135,000 after pleading guilty to breaching health and safety laws.
Copyright Press Association 2012