Film pro­duced one year on from the tragedy in bid to pre­vent sim­i­lar in­ci­dents

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - News - KIRSTY MCIN­TOSH km­cin­tosh@the­courier.co.uk

The death of a mi­grant worker in Tay­side has led to the pro­duc­tion of a safety DVD tar­get­ing for­eign farm staff.

The man, whose iden­tity has never been re­leased, died at Mains of Er­rol farm on July 31 last year.

The alarm was raised by work­ers liv­ing on the site who re­ported see­ing thick smoke and flames com­ing from a static caravan on the edge of the site.

In the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of the tragedy the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice (SFRS) vis­ited all of the 190 work­ers at the site, which is owned by W Glen and Son, to of­fer safety ad­vice.

On Fri­day, days be­fore the first an­niver­sary of the fire, the SFRS is launch­ing a new ini­tia­tive aimed at mi­grant work­ers.

They have pro­duced a DVD of safety mes­sages which will be dis­trib­uted across Scot­land to try and help pre­vent a sim­i­lar tragedy.

En­ti­tled Flash­point, the DVD is in­tended to be used dur­ing farm induction ses­sions which all work­ers have to at­tend

En­ti­tled Flash­point, the DVD is in­tended to be used dur­ing farm induction ses­sions, which all work­ers have to at­tend.

It was pro­duced by Con­nect 5 Learn­ing Cen­tre in Dundee, us­ing their stu­dents in the pro­duc­tion.

As well as pro­duc­ing a camp­site safety film, SFRS con­tin­ues to of­fer mi­grant work­ers home safety vis­its within their in­di­vid­ual car­a­vans.

Ad­di­tion­ally weekly caravan in­spec­tions, which in­clude smoke de­tec­tor checks, have now been adopted by farm man­agers in Perth and Kin­ross.

The fire at Mains of Er­rol farm was the sec­ond to claim the life of a mi­grant worker in Courier Coun­try in the last decade. Czech na­tional Petr Adamik died in a caravan fire at Birkhill Farm, by Ar­broath, on April 2 2007.

Paramedics dis­cov­ered the 28-yearold col­lapsed out­side his caravan, with burns to the ma­jor­ity of his body, at 2am. He was taken to Ninewells Hospi­tal and pro­nounced dead at 11.30am. Robin Se­j­val, who had been stay­ing in Mr Adamik’s caravan, es­caped the blaze and raised the alarm.

Mr Adamik’s death led to a fa­tal ac­ci­dent in­quiry (FAI) in 2013 which found that the fire started in a junc­tion box that had been placed out­side in a house­hold re­frig­er­a­tor, from which mi­grant work­ers ran sev­eral ex­ten­sion ca­bles.

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