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Firm fined after peat works death

Nutberry Moss Works
Mr McCourt was killed in the accident at the peat works

A horticulture firm has been fined £23,300 following the death of an agency worker in southern Scotland.

Colin McCourt, 55, of Annan, died at the Nutberry Moss Works in Eastriggs in January 2008 when a tip bucket he was welding moved and crushed him.

Humax Horticulture Ltd, of Godalming, Surrey, admitted breaching the Health and Safety Act at the Scottish site.

The Health and Safety Executive said the "tragic death" showed proper action must be taken to control work risks.

Mr McCourt died on 31 January last year while carrying out repairs at the Annandale site.

At Dumfries Sheriff Court, Humax admitted breaking health and safety legislation.

HSE inspector Jean Edgar said the case showed employers needed to manage workplace risks "irrespective of how wages are paid and who pays them".

She said employers who took on agency staff should provide them with the same health and safety protection as their own employees.

"Incidents can happen when inadequate information and instruction is provided to such workers," she said.

"It may result in a failure to take the correct action to control risks relating to the work in hand, as shown by this tragic death."

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