Roofing firm admits failings after employee died in fall from ladder

An Aberdeen roofing company has pled guilty to health and safety failings after one of its employees fell from a ladder and died.

Joseph Kane was employed by Henderson and Aitken Limited when he died from injuries sustained in the fall at 14-16 Jute Street in Aberdeen on September 21, 2016.

A solicitor for the company appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Monday to tender a guilty plea to a contravention of work at height regulations.

The firm admitted failing to ensure scaffolding was erected by a competent person, that it was erected safely with sufficient protection to prevent a person falling and that there was a safe means of access to and from the scaffolding platform.

The indictment detailing the charge against the roofing company stated as a consequence of the failings employees and others were exposed to the risk of injury or death as a result of falling.

Mr Kane, who was 56, fell from a ladder providing access to the scaffolding platform and sustained injuries from which he died.

Sheriff Morag McLaughlin deferred sentence on Henderson and Aitken, which has its registered office at Balmoral Terrace, Aberdeen, until next month.

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