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Glasgow firm prosecuted over 'serious’ safety issuesPosted on 25/11/2014

A construction enterprise based in Glasgow has been hit with a fine after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted it for 'serious safety failings'.

William Fulton Building Services Ltd was prosecuted after one of its joiners, Stuart McNaught, was crushed and seriously injured when around two tonnes of plasterboard fell on him.

Extension works were taking place at a site in Duntocher in 2011, when the incident took place. In the HSE hearing, Dumbarton Sheriff Court heard how the plasterboards were being lifted onto the site, in icy conditions, by forklift truck (FLT).

With the 1925kg load unsecured and balanced on iced forks, the truck was being driven by William Fulton on ungritted roads. As the load was descending to the ground, Mr McNaught – who had not been provided with a personal protective equipment (PPE) hi-vis vest – noticed the boards moving.

As he tried to get out of the way, the unseen worker slipped and fell, and the plasterboards came off the FLT forks to land on him. Despite the efforts of the other workers and Mr Fulton, the 36-year-old worker (now aged 39) suffered a punctured lung, a broken rib and pelvis, and fractures to both legs and his right ankle.

Following the HSE investigation, William Fulton Building Services Ltd was found to have failed to assess how best to move the plasterboards. Mr Fulton had also not received basic FLT training.

Pleading guilty to breaking section two of the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act, the firm was fined £8,000.

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