Company fined after crush injury accident

Gretna firm fined after scraper bar injuries 25753

A Gretna-based company has been fined after breaches in Health and Safety led to a worker being permanently disabled.

Steven Cairns, aged 28 at the time of the accident, was crushed by an automatic scraper bar when he was cleaning debris from the underside of a log haul at a sawmill in Gretna, Dumfries.

Mr Cairns was rushed to hospital, where doctors found he had multiple pelvic fractures and internal injuries, which have since left him permanently disabled.

After hearing about the work accident, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation and found more should have been done to prevent access to dangerous moving parts, including the scraper bar Mr Cairns was struck by.

For its part in the accident, Hunter Wilson, Mr Cairns' employer, was fined £44,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Regulations 11(1) and 11(2) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Sawmill accidents across the UK remain common and the HSE has previously urged employers to ensure dangerous equipment is made safe by proper guarding.

By Chris Stevenson