FAI to be held into death of worker at Glasgow's St Enoch centre

Derek McLean was found trapped between a machine and a concrete wall beside the stairwell at St Enoch centre in August 2019.

FAI to be held into death of worker at Glasgow’s St Enoch centre

The death of a construction worker at Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre is to be probed in a fatal accident inquiry.

Core Cut Limited employee Derek McLean, 43, was crushed after attempting to manoeuvre a 3.5 tonne BROKK machine up a set of stairs in Glasgow’s St Enoch on August 22, 2019.

Mr McLean was having difficulty gaining grip with trafficking the machine as it was being moved remotely up the stairwell of the city centre location.

The precise circumstances of the accident are deemed “unknown” but CCTV showed the experienced diamond drilling operative part way through tracking the machine.

The dad-of-three was later found trapped between the machine and a concrete wall to the left of the stairwell.

Core Cut Limited pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court in November 2022 to failing to make a suitable and sufficient assessment to the risks of health and safety of Mr McLean.

The firm was fined £10,000.

A preliminary hearing of the fatal accident inquiry (FAI) is set to be held into the incident at Glasgow Sheriff Court on August 15.

The family of the late Mr McLean released a statement through Digby Brown Solicitors, which said: “We welcome the FAI but we are still devastated about the reasons for having it.

“The loss of Derek is something we will never get over – no person should go to work and not come home.

“All we can do now is hope the FAI improves standards everywhere and protects workers and families from avoidable tragedies.”

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