Threat to life­line

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

A NA­TIONAL scheme to equip po­lice ve­hi­cles with life-jack­ets and safety lines is un­der threat be­cause of health and safety is­sues.

But Iain MacKin­non of safety char­ity, LochWatch Lochawe, said he was shocked that life-sav­ing mea­sures put in place af­ter four men drowned on the loch in 2009, were un­der threat.

Po­lice Scot­land’s John Gillies, di­rec­tor of peo­ple and de­vel­op­ment, said: ‘Fol­low­ing the Health and Safety board meet­ing in Au­gust, it has been agreed that any fi­nal de­ci­sion on the use of throw lines is de­ferred while we un­der­take a fur­ther re­view.

‘We pro­pose to bring this back to the next Po­lice Scot­land health and safety board which will meet be­fore the end of the year.’

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