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Factory fined for safety breach

Stirling sheriff Court
The case was heard at Stirling Sheriff Court

An insulation company has been fined £20,000 for health and safety lapses after a worker without a safety harness fell more than 10 feet.

Superglass, based in Stirling, was given the fine at Stirling Sheriff Court following the incident in September last year.

Worker Fraser Adams was knocked off an unguarded walkway at the firm's plant.

He required five stitches after suffering a cut to his face and was off work for five-and-a-half weeks.

Depute fiscal Ann MacNeill told the court that Mr Adams was replacing steelwork on an auger when he was knocked off the walkway by lash from a hose.

He fell onto the concrete factory floor, dashing his face on the side of a steel waste skip.

'Not significant'

He was given first aid at the factory in Stirling's Thistle Industrial Estate, and taken to hospital.

Miss MacNeill said Mr Adams had been left with scarring, of which he was "extremely conscious".

She added that an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive had found that the firm had failed to provide a safe system of working.

She also said that Mr Adams had received no training in the use of safety harnesses.

John Morrison, for Superglass, said the company admitted contravening the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act.

He said: "Measures are now in hand to prevent an accident like this re-occurring."

Mr Morrison added: "Thankfully, the injuries Mr Adams sustained were not significant, and he was able to return to full duties."

Sheriff Thomas McCartney said he would have fined the company £30,000 but had reduced the penalty to reflect the fact that they had pleaded guilty at an early stage, without the need for a trial.

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