South Scotland

Estate fined after Drumlanrig Castle workman's death

Buccleuch Estates has been fined £140,000 following an accident in which a workman died after being crushed under a tree in Dumfriesshire.

Ross Findlay, 49, of Thornhill, died in January 2011 while felling and clearing an area of spruce at Drumlanrig Castle.

At Dumfries Sheriff Court, Buccleuch Estates admitted a health and safety breach.

An advocate said the company had since taken thorough steps to ensure there would be no repeat of the tragic event.

A spokesman for Buccleuch Estates said: "Ross's death was a tragic accident which shocked and saddened all those who knew and worked with him.

"Since the accident our thoughts have always been with his family who have had a close association with the estate for many years.

"Buccleuch Estates deeply regrets that the implementation of safety provisions that were in place at the time failed to prevent the accident.

"Buccleuch takes its health and safety responsibilities very seriously indeed and we are grateful that the sheriff recognised today that we are a caring employer with a robust health and safety structure and had had an excellent safety record."

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