A North-east business owner has admitted a safety failing which led to the death of a worker at a North-east shooting ground.
Neil Anderson appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and admitted breaching the health and safety at work act, during an incident where contractor David Paterson died.
The 59-year-old, who is self employed, and trades as Anderson’s Guns, was appearing in court over the incident on November 27, 2014, in which Mr Paterson died at Seal’s Cove Shooting Ground at Earnsheugh Bay, Findon.
Mr Paterson sustained injuries and died after becoming trapped under the armoury door while he was helping Anderson to move it. Defence counsel Gavin Anderson entered a guilty plea on behalf of his client when he appeared yesterday before Sheriff Philip Mann. Sheriff Mann deferred sentence on Anderson, whose address was given as Glensaugh, Fettercairn, Laurencekirk, until next month for reports.
In court documents it states that Anderson did “fail to ensure that a lifting operation involving lifting equipment, namely the movement of an armoury door was properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner”.
It goes on to state that he failed to properly “plan and execute” the moving of the door, and failed to have in place a suitable “slinging arrangement” to carry out the lifting operation. As a consequence, “while he (Mr Paterson) was attempting to alter the slinging arrangement said door fell on him, trapping him underneath, causing him to sustain fatal injuries”.
Sheriff Mann warned Anderson a custodial sentence was a “possibility” but said it was “in no way inevitable”.
Anderson will appear for sentencing next month.