Man tells of seeing workmate fall to death
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.