15 November 2011
Fatal accident at work to lead to damages claim?
A family could decide to seek compensation after a loved one passed away in a fatal accident at work.
Peter Duce drowned while working for the West Minch Salmon farming company on Loch Heather in Scotland in February 2008 when the boat he and four colleagues were using capsized.
At the time of the incident, Mr Duce and his co-workers were inspecting fish cages but an investigation conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that his employer had failed to conduct proper risk assessments for this task.
As a result, the 61-year-old was operating in unsafe conditions as the group had also not been provided with proper operating instructions.
During a case heard at Stornoway Sheriff Court, the firm - which is based in the Western Isles - admitted breaching health and safety regulations, meaning Mr Duce's family may now launch a civil claim for damages.
HSE inspector Ann Poyner said this accident had been entirely preventable.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson