NG Bailey fined £135,000 after hospital site death

NG Bailey Limited has been fined £135,000 following the death of a worker.

Alistair Hutton, a subcontractor hired by NG Bailey, lost his life while working on the construction of the Baird Family Hospital in Aberdeen on 18 January 2023.

He had been navigating a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) along an unfinished corridor at the hospital when his head struck a metal lintel.

Hutton, who lived in Forfar, immediately lost consciousness, and died at the scene shortly thereafter. The 51-year-old was pronounced dead less than an hour after the incident.

An HSE investigation found NG Bailey, the lead contractor for the project, had failed to consider overhead obstructions, especially during the transit of MEWPs  on site. The assessments in place did not consider these risks despite HSE and industry guidance highlighting them and the available control measures.

NG Bailey Limited, of Leeds, pleaded guilty to safety breaches and was fined £135,000 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £10,125 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday.

HSE inspector Graham McEvoy said: “There was a failure by NG Bailey Limited to consider available guidance and the work that was being done, which led to inadequate risk control measures being implemented and unsafe working practices developing.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards. Our thoughts remain with Mr Hutton’s family and friends.”

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