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HSE investigates fatal work accident at Sandyford abattoir

Health & Safety update 23/11/2011

A young man was crushed to death whilst working at the Sandyford abattoir in Paisley, Renfrewshire, late last week.

Ally McCrae, a 23-year-old sportsman and martial arts enthusiast, was washing his hands at one of the abattoir's sinks when a cow carcass hung from a hook above him fell on top of him.

The man was trapped under the carcass, which hit him on the head, causing severe injuries and triggering a fatal heart attack.

Despite being rushed straight to hospital, Mr McCrae's injuries were too severe to be survivable.

The young man – who was originally from Kilmarnock - had been working at the abattoir in a bid to save money to fund his martial arts hobby.

Following the fatal workplace accident, an investigation has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the police. An HSE spokeswoman confirmed that Strathclyde Police were leading the investigation under the ‘work-related death protocol.'

A spokesman for Strathclyde Police told the Daily Mail, “A 23-year-old man sustained serious injuries after being crushed by the carcass of a cow at Sandyford abattoir in Paisley at around 1.05pm.

“He was taken to the Royal Alexandria Hospital, where he died a short time later. Inquiries into the incident are continuing, the HSE has been informed and is in attendance,” the police spokesperson added.

 

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