Glaswegian construction company, Morris and Spottiswood Ltd, has been sentenced for “serious safety failings” following the death of 31 year old, Daniel Hurley.

Mr Hurley, originally from Ireland, was working on a major development of flats and houses in Maryhill, Glasgow, when a 1.6 tonnes frame fell on him.

He had been operating a “whacker” machine, to compact hardcore next to an area where the structural steelwork for a stair tower was being constructed.

On the release of the lifting chains used to position the frame, it tilted, lifting three of four anchor bolts from the ground, whilst the fourth snapped.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident, which occurred on 15 October 2009, and found serious failings in the way Morris and Spottiswood's principal contractor had managed the project.

They were found guilty of breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and fined £200,000.

Following the case, HSE Inspector Gerard McCulloch, said: “Morris & Spottiswood Ltd as principal contractor, and the two companies sub-contracted for the steelwork construction, had duties to work together to plan, manager and monitor the work to ensure it was carried out safely. It is clear all three companies failed in this duty and it was these failings that led to the tragic death of Mr Hurley.”

For more information, see the:

  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations SI 2015/51.