NG Bailey fined after worker dies in MEWP accident

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

Alistair Hutton, a subcontractor hired by the company, 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.

The 51-year-old immediately lost consciousness and died at the scene shortly after.

A Health and Safety Executive (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 Ltd, of Brown Lane West, Leeds, pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 3(1) and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £135,000 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £10,125 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on 21 March 2024.

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