30 August 2007
Firm pleads guilty to health and safety breach
A demolition company has received a £50,000 fine after a worker died following the collapse of a silo.
Gideon Irvine died in August 2004 after a large section of the disused Caledonia Mill in which he was working collapsed in Edinburgh.
His body was found a day later when emergency services managed to find their way through the rubble.
Central Demolition Limited pled guilty to breaching health and safety laws at a hearing in Edinburgh's Sheriff Court.
Following the case, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Murray Provan commented: "This accident was entirely foreseeable.
"The demolition company had not carried out a survey of Caledonia Mill as they had been contracted to do," Work Place Law reports.
According to HSE statistics, the provisional figure for the number of UK workers killed in 2006-07 is 241.
This is 24 more that the number of workplace deaths for 2005-06, which totalled 217.