25 February 2009
Family of man killed at work receive compensation
The family of a fisherman who died in May 2006 have been awarded compensation of £50,000, it has emerged.
Jose Maria Martos Fernandez was unloading boxes of fish from a boat at Lochinver, which is situated north of Ullapool on the west coast of Scotland.
Along with four colleagues, he was helping to winch the catch with the aid of a crane, the Aberdeen Press and Journal reports.
During the process, a wire rope snapped, causing a box weighing around 620kg to fall on Mr Fernandez's head and shoulders.
He was killed as a result of the impact.
During a recent hearing, it was claimed that the fatality could have been avoided if regular inspections and maintenance of the wire rope had been conducted.
As well as being ordered to pay compensation, Lagun Talde - the firm which owned the boat - was made to pay a fine of £30,000.