Apr 13 2012 Stirling Observer Friday
A WORKER on the Beauly to Denny power line project has died after an incident near Braco on Wednesday.
The contractor, who was aged 31 and from the Dumfries area, became trapped between a road roller and a digger when constructing an access road for the power line and pylons.
He was working at a site near Knoxfauld Farm which sits at Cromlix near the Perth and Kinross-Stirling Council border.
The tragedy was confirmed by SSE which is behind the controversial power line upgrade.
The Health and Safety Executive said it was looking into the matter and was working with police.
A spokesperson for Perth-based SSE said: “We were deeply, deeply saddened to learn of this and our thoughts are with his family.
“We will obviously carry out a full investigation.”
Scottish Ambulance Service paramedics were called to the incident at about 2.15pm but they were not required.
Tayside Police also attended and a report is to be sent to the Procurator Fiscal in line with sudden death incidents.
The highly-controversial £600m Beauly to Denny power line upgrade was passed by the Scottish Government in the face of pressure from campaign and conservation groups around Scotland, fearing the work would scar the country’s iconic scenery.
The upgrade will see taller pylons erected carrying higher voltage lines linking renewable energy sources in the north of Scotland with the central belt and the UK electricity network.
Work is expected to be completed in two years but has been on going in the Braco area for about a year, with access roads, passing places and other preparatory work under way.
The first of the taller pylons was put in place at Beauly in February.