Man tells of see­ing work­mate fall to death

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

A roofer told an in­quiry that he heard a “crack” and saw his work­mate stare straight at him as he fell ver­ti­cally to his death through the as­bestos roof of a cat­tle shed.

The man killed, Ed­ward Varey, 41, had planned to help his par­ents move house on the af­ter­noon of the ac­ci­dent but wanted more work from the owner of the shed and had gone back on the roof af­ter lunch with­out a safety har­ness af­ter the farmer asked him to at­tach a few ex­tra sheets, Stir­ling Sher­iff Court was told.

Work­mate Gavin Clazie, 48, said he was tidy­ing up on the roof of the shed at Plean Farm, near Stir­ling, when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

Mr Varey, from Larkhall, was based in Ber­wick-up­onTweed at the time of the tragedy.

The in­quiry heard that the plan had been to re­turn to the Stir­ling­shire farm with a cherry-picker the next day to bolt the roof­ing sheets in place.

The in­quiry is manda­tory be­cause Mr Varey was act­ing in the course of his oc­cu­pa­tion at the time of the ac­ci­dent, on Au­gust 12 2015. It is ex­pected to con­clude to­day.

The pre­sid­ing sher­iff is Wyl­l­lie Robert­son.

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