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At Haddington Sheriff Court on 26 April 2010, the firm of Hamilton Farmers (East Lothian), pled guilty to a breach of section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Court: Sheriff Court (Scotland)

On 3 June 2008, during the construction of walls for a cattle enclosure, a farm worker was fatally injured when a concrete wall panel he was manoeuvring into place toppled on top of him. The partnership accepted that the job had been inadequately planned, no risk assessment had been carried out, the system of work employed was unsafe and unsuitable lifting equipment had been used. Following submissions, the Sheriff imposed a discounted fine of £20,000.


Barry Smith of Compass Chambers represented the accused.

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