£600k fine for negligent Balfour Beatty after death of Dundee dad on site

The scene of the accident
The scene of the accident

A construction firm has been fined £600,000 for negligence that contributed to the death of a Dundee dad.

Father-of-three Ian Walker was working on the £22 million Third Don Crossing in Aberdeen in January 2016 when he was crushed by a 14-tonne excavator.

The giant piece of machinery was rotating after filling up beside a mobile fuel tank when it knocked the 58-year-old to the ground.

Mr Walker was caught between the tank and excavator on the Bridge of Don site and killed.

Yesterday representatives of construction firm Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court following a lengthy and detailed investigation into the incident.

The company admitted its workers had not been correctly following health and safety policies at the time of Mr Walker’s death.

Solicitor Barry Smith, who represented the firm at the hearing, said: “The company fell short.”

He added: “On behalf of the company I want to offer the sincere condolences of everyone involved in the business – from the top to the bottom – to the family of Mr Walker.”

After hearing statements from the prosecution and defence, Sheriff Morag McLaughlin fined Balfour Beatty £600,000, to be paid within 28 days.