£1.0 million in damages over fatal Longannet fall

The family of grandfather who died after falling almost 30 feet from a platform at Longannet power station has received £1 million in damages.

Gary Robertson, from Cowdenbeath, died from serious injuries in 2019 when working at the decommissioned power station.

Brown and Mason were previously fined £5,000 after bosses admitted health and safety failings.

The £1 million award follows the settlement of a subsequent civil action.

Brown and Mason were fined £5,000 after a criminal prosecution at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

The criminal case fine would have been £100,000 but it was reduced by a sheriff after company bosses claimed they had no assets to pay more.

Robertson’s widow Karen said: “Something is clearly wrong with sentencing guidelines because a £5,000 fine is disgusting – Gary’s funeral even cost more than that.

“We need to make sure the laws designed to hold people accountable can’t be manipulated to let those responsible escape justice.”

Robertson was part of a workforce which was preparing the derelict power station for demolition. He was with a colleague when he fell after a metal grating panel on a pipe bridge platform gave way.

Robertson remained conscious after the fall but suffered a fatal cardiac arrest a short time later.

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