Fish pro­ces­sor fined af­ter man fell 10 feet

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY JAMIE ROSS

A north-east fish pro­cess­ing plant has been fined £10,000 af­ter an en­gi­neer suf­fered a bro­ken bone af­ter fall­ing 10ft through a ceil­ing.

In­ter­na­tional Fish Can­ners Ltd (IFC) was hauled to Peter­head Sheriff Court yes­ter­day for fail­ing to take ba­sic safety pre­cau­tions against the “en­tirely fore­see­able and pre­ventable” ac­ci­dent.

Laquat Ali was work­ing on the evening of De­cem­ber 29, 2015, when bosses asked him to in­spect a steam valve. He did the work and was then sup­posed to ask his su­per­vi­sor what to do next. In­stead he found a lad­der and made his way into a roof cav­ity.

The court heard Mr Ali, who had not been trained about which parts of the roof were safe, had worked in the area be­fore.

On this oc­ca­sion how­ever he stood on a weak sec­tion and fell through.

Fis­cal de­pute Shona McJan­nett said Mr Ali suf­fered a bro­ken heel in the ac­ci­dent and now walks with a limp as a re­sult. “He was un­aware it was un­safe,” Ms McJan­nett added.

“Man­age­ment were aware the roof void was frag­ile, but there were no warn­ing signs.”

.Since the ac­ci­dent, the firm has taken steps to shore up safety.

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