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Quarry operator sues its health and safety consultant after £200,000 fine

The legal action follows an incident in July 2012, when a 76 year old Geddes’ employee died while working at a quarry near Friockheim, Scotland.

The legal action follows an incident in July 2012, when a 76 year old Geddes’ employee died while working at a quarry near Friockheim, Scotland.

While at the wheel of a 35 tonne truck, the deceased over-ran an inadequate stop block. The deceased was not wearing a seatbelt and died instantly when the machine plunged down the slope of the quarry. Geddes admitted that it had failed to construct and maintain an adequate stop block to stop a fully-loaded, heavy vehicle from over-running the edge.

Geddes is looking to recoup the £200,000 that they were fined during a criminal case for its part in the fatal incident, by taking the health and safety company which had been employed by Geddes before the incident to court. The company had an unblemished health and safety record until this incident.