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A workplace accident involving Police Scotland has been termed "negligent" by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC).

The firearms workplace accident, which took place at a shooting range at Glenrothes in Fife, in May 2015, involved the accidental discharge of a Remington 870 shotgun and resulted in damage to a nearby wall.

However, the report by the PIRC said that had police followed the national safety guidelines, the accident could have been avoided. Furthermore, it ruled that the incident was probably caused by an officer's thumb inadvertently activating the trigger while trying to engage the safety catch.

Fortunately, no person sustained injury in the Police Scotland workplace accident, although it was clear that all of those present at the time had a lucky escape.

"The accidental firing of this weapon was negligent and the incident would not have happened if the officer had followed National Police Firearms Training Guidance," commented PIRC commissioner, Kate Frame.

"Since the event, Police Scotland has taken steps to ensure that all firearms instructors are reminded of their core safety responsibilities."

If you have suffered personal injury in a workplace accident in Scotland and would like information and advice, including how you may be able to proceed under a No Win No Fee agreement, call our personal injury lawyers today on 0800 0891331.

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