Robertson Construction Central Limited and Stirling Stone Limited been convicted of breaches of sections 3(1) and 33(1), and section 2(1) and 33(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 respectively.

The case involved the death of stonemason’s labourer on the 26th of April 2007. The deceased was working at height on scaffolding when he fell to the ground, sustaining injuries from which he later died. The case is of particular note as it is the first case to proceed in Court by way of trial since the Scottish Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal (COPFS) Health and Safety Division was created in 2009.

Elaine Taylor, Head of the COPFS Health and Safety Division, said: “By building on our existing expertise and through enhanced working relationships with the Health and Safety Executive and other enforcing authorities, the Division is able to deal with the complex issues that can arise in cases such as this.”