Owner of Brechin quarry fined after worker suffers injury

The owner and operator of a limestone quarry in Brechin has been fined after a worker was injured after falling from a catwalk that gave way back in 2019.

James Dick Construction Limited was convicted of an offense under the Occupational Health and Safety Act on Wednesday (April 7) following a guilty plea.

According to a media release from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, a worker was making repairs to rubber skirts of a screen in the lower feed hopper at the quarry on June 3, 2019.

“While performing the work, the catwalk the worker was standing on gave way and the worker fell about 15 feet to the quarry material below. The worker suffered injuries,” it reads.

“Inspection of the catwalk after the incident showed that the steel in the floor grating, toe board and handrails had deteriorated. The catwalks at the Ramara quarry had previously been identified as requiring maintenance.”

In addition to the fine, the court also imposed a victim fine surcharge of 25 percent.