Glasgow Construction Company Fined After Worker Crushed

Firm Failed To Carry Out Risk Assessment When Moving Heavy Load

27.11.2014

A Glasgow construction firm has been fined over an incident in which a worker was crushed under almost two tonnes of plasterboard.

Joiner Stuart McNaught, who was 36 at the time, was working on an extension in a house in Duntocher when his employer, William Fulton, drove an unsecured load of 82 plasterboard sheets into the courtyard on a forklift truck in icy conditions.

The load fell off the forks and landed on Mr McNaught, trapping him and causing a broken rib and pelvis, a punctured lung and fractures to both legs.

Although he returned to work five months later, chronic pain forced him to resign after a year.

Mr Fulton had not received basic training in operating a forklift truck, and an investigation found the company had failed to assess the safest way of transporting the plasterboard.

The company has been fined £8,000 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

"This incident was clearly foreseeable and therefore readily avoidable. Working below a forklift truck is dangerous and the company should have carried out a proper risk assessment," said Health and Safety Executive inspector Moira Jennings.