A Glasgow-based security firm which pleaded guilty to breaking health and safety rules after a security guard died from carbon monoxide poisoning at a construction site has been fined £7,000.
Thomas Fraser died in a flat used by Alpha Group Security Ltd employees on the construction site at Ann Street, Burnbank, Hamilton, on February 6 2008. He was overcome by a build-up of carbon monoxide fumes from a portable petrol generator.
The 37-year-old had not been given proper instructions for the generator’s use and it was operated without appropriate ventilation, Hamilton Sheriff Court heard. Alpha admitted breaching Section 2(1), 2 and 33 (a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
“Responsible management of risk should have ensured the safe set-up and use of the portable petrol generator in a well-ventilated area which could have avoided this unnecessary death,” said Health and Safety Executive inspector Adrian Tinson.
Clyde Valley Housing Association Ltd, which subcontracted Alpha Group Security Ltd, had admitted breaching health and safety laws at a previous hearing and was fined £70,000 in March.