A company has been fined following the death of a worker from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Alpha Group Security Ltd were fined £7000 at Hamilton Sheriff Court after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1), 2 and 33 (a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The 37-year-old security guard who died had been in a flat used as a base by the company on a construction site in Hamilton when he was overcome by fumes. A portable power generator had been used inside the property and had not been operated correctly; with no chance of ventilation a build up of carbon monoxide occurred. The security guard had not been given proper instructions on the generators use. The device should only have been used in a well-ventilated area.
The company had failed in their duty of care to the worker by not putting in place a safe system of working; clear instructions on the operation of potential dangerous equipment should have been given.
Alpha Group Security Ltd were subcontracted by Clyde Valley Housing Association Ltd who were fined £70,000 in March 2010 after pleading guilty to a charge under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety etc Act 1974.
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