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A Scottish steel firm has been fined £50,000 after an employee suffered a broken arm and finger in what a Sheriff described as ‘an accident waiting to happen’.

The accident happened when a squad of men were marking steel plates outside the Forth Steel factory in Edinburgh which is owned by Rangers former chairman Sir David Murray.

Ian Sutherland, one of the men was injured when a plates, weighing more than two tonnes, slipped off the hook that was holding it and landed on his arm.

Mr Sutherland’s forearm was broken and surgeons had to insert a six inch steel plate to support it. His middle finger also had to be pinned in three places.

The company appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court where it admitted a breach of health and safety legislation.

Sheriff Kenneth Maciver said: “It was an accident waiting to happen – and it did happen.”

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