Haulier fined following electrocution incident

Chris Tindall
July 23, 2023

Scottish haulage firm Andrew Black has been fined £150,000 after one of its HGV drivers was fatally electrocuted by overhead power lines.

The company, which operates out of North Berwick, pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to failing to ensure there were suitable controls in place near dangerous power lines between 15 November 2021 and 5 January 2022.

The procurator fiscal told the court that the fatal incident happened at the company’s premises at Drem Airfield on
31 December 2021.

Driver Grant Borton, 25, was using the wash bay to clean his truck in preparation for his next shift. After leaving the wash bay, he raised the tipper, which made contact with the overhead power lines and the lorry driver was electrocuted and died.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation revealed that a failure to ensure that suitable control measures were in place resulted in Borton being electrocuted.

The company had not undertaken a risk assessment in respect of the hazard of overhead power lines on site. There were no suitable means to warn drivers exiting the wash bay of overhead power lines.

The company has now buried all power lines on the site.

Debbie Carroll, at the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, said: “Grant Borton lost his life in circumstances which could have been avoided had the risks been recognised and simple controls put in place.

“By failing to have suitable controls in place to prevent contact with overhead power lines, Andrew Black put its employees in danger of electrocution.”

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Chris Tindall

Chris Tindall started writing for the haulage and logistics industry in 2002 and quickly realised there was enough going on to keep him busy for a very long time. He’s covered a broad range of significant issues, including GPS jamming by criminals, platooning, Brexit and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the lack of safe and secure lorry parks and he helped secure the release of a lorry driver in a Polish jail due to misuse of the European Arrest Warrant.

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