NG Bailey fined after Aberdeen worker death


NG Bailey has been fined £135,000 after a subcontracted worker died at a site in Aberdeen.

Alistair Hutton, 51, was struck by a metal lintel while navigating a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) during the construction of the Baird Family Hospital.

Hutton, who lived in Forfar, immediately lost consciousness and died at the scene. He was pronounced dead less than an hour after being hit, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said.

The regulator said NG Bailey was “the lead contractor for the project” but that it had “failed to consider overhead obstructions, especially during the transit of MEWPs on site”.

The HSE added that assessments made by NG Bailey did not consider these risks “despite HSE and industry guidance highlighting them and the available control measures”.

Hutton was a subcontracted contractor employed by NG Bailey, according to the HSE.

NG Bailey Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 3(1) and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

The engineering company was fined £135,000 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £10,125 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on 21 March 2024, the HSE said.

HSE inspector Graham McEvoy said: “There was a failure by NG Bailey Ltd 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.”

The main contractor for the Baird Family Hospital build was Graham, according to websites for the contractor and the project. It is unclear whether NG Bailey was working with Graham on the project.



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