Worker killed as bus hits cherry picker

Kevin Bowie, sole director of Denny based Precision Decorating Services (Scotland) Ltd, was given a Community Payback Order requiring him to be under supervision for 18 months and to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work after he was found guilty of breaching safety regulations.

Falkirk Sherriff Court heard that on 27 September 2018 Michael McArthur was working in the basket platform of a cherry picker which was raised to the upper levels of a house on Balkerach Street, Doune to allow him to decorate dormer windows.

A tour bus struck the arm of the cherry picker and McArthur was thrown from the basket and fell to the road, sustaining severe injuries from which he died.

Bowie was found to have failed to ensure that the work being carried out at height was properly planned, appropriately supervised, and carried out in a manner which was, as far as reasonably practicable, safe.

No suitable measures were in place to effectively segregate the cherry picker from street traffic.

Alistair Duncan, Head of the Health and Safety Investigation Unit, Crown Office, said: “This was a tragic incident that could have been avoided if Kevin Bowie had put in place appropriate protective measures to protect his employee Michael McArthur.

“Falls from height are usually the greatest single cause of death and serious injury to workers within the construction industry.

“Hopefully this prosecution will remind other employers that failure to fulfil their obligations can have severe and tragic consequences and that they will be held to account for their failings.”

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