HSE Investigates Death Of Pipe Fitter

Worker Dies After Being Trapped Under Steel Structure

20.06.2011

The Health and Safety Executive is to investigate after a pipe fitter died from serious injuries he suffered after being trapped under a steel structure.

Donald John MacDonald, 55, from Fearn, was airlifted to hospital in Inverness following the incident at Port and Supply Base in Invergordon on Sunday morning (June 19th), but died soon afterwards.

A report on the industrial incident is to be sent to the procurator fiscal, while police have confirmed that safety specialists are to consider how the incident occurred.

Irwin Mitchell represents clients who have been injured in serious accidents at work, as well as the families of those who have been killed in such cases.

Elaine Russell, a Partner at the firm’s Glasgow office, called for lessons to be learnt from the case.

“Although only small amounts of information have so far been released on this case, it is clear that that an investigation is needed in order to highlight how this terrible incident could have been prevented from happening,” she outlined.

“It is particularly important for any serious safety failings that may have occurred to be highlighted as soon as possible, as this may help to stop similar mistakes being made in the future.

“Health and safety should always be a priority for employers and all workers at any level of seniority deserve to know that their wellbeing and safety are taken seriously by the business or organisation they work for.”