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Aberdeen building firm fined after employee fell to his death from perilous scaffold

Posted On: 14 Sep 2019   |   Posted By: Press and Journal

Aberdeen building firm fined after employee fell to his death from perilous scaffold

An Aberdeen firm has been fined £53,000 for safety failings which led to a man falling to his death.
Joseph Kane, 56, died in September 2016 when a ladder attached to scaffolding became loose.
It had been installed to allow his employer, Henderson and Aitken Ltd, to show a client where roof re-pointing work was required at a property in Jute Street.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard yesterday that the firm had previously hired an external company to erect the scaffold for such work, but on this occasion, tasked an experienced - but unqualified - staff member to build it instead.
As a result the external ladder used to scale the scaffold had only been secured on one side, so when Mr Kane climbed it on September 21 it slipped sideways.
This caused him to lose his grip and fall more than 20ft to the ground.
Mr Kane hit his head on a low garden wall, and died from his injuries while being taken to hospital.
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The scaffolding on Jute Street in September 2016.
Henderson and Aitken Ltd admitted a series of...

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