Expert Reveals Concerns Following Abattoir Worker Death

HSE Investigating Workplace Incident

21.01.2011

An accident at work claims specialist in Scotland has called for a full investigation to be carried out following the death of an abattoir worker.

Reports have revealed that 48-year-old David Barker of Selkirk was fatally injured when a metal partition in use at the Scottish Borders Abattoir site in Galashiels fell on him on Wednesday morning (January 19th).

Police have stated there are no suspicious circumstances related to the death, while the Health and Safety Executive are believed to be investigating.

Elaine Russell, a Partner at Irwin Mitchell’s Glasgow office, said it is key that lessons are learnt from the incident.

She explained: “An incident of this kind is always likely to raise concerns over health and safety in the workplace and, while only a few details have so far been released, it is clear that the safety of the partitions used on-site is likely to be carefully considered.

“Authorities must work both quickly and thoroughly to consider what happened in this case, in the hope that any findings can be used to ensure that no other workers suffer in a similar manner.”