Roller crushed man to death, inquest told

The death of a 31-year-old Stranraer man crushed by a giant roller may simply be put down to a “reversing accident”, an inquiry heard this week.

David McClorey died in April 2012 when the roller he was planning to transfer fuel from for his digger possibly slid down a lip on the road at Kinbruck, Perthsire and hit him.

Stirling Sheriff Court, where the inquiry is ongoing this week, was told that Mr McClorey’s digger ran out of fuel so he guided the roller driver as he moved closer so he could use some of its fuel.

But a gap in the track they were building while working for RJT Excavations, based in Jedburgh, caused the roller to move.

Since the incident, transferring fuel from one vehicle to another like this has been banned.

RJT Excavations joint managing director Garry Young said the ban was introduced immediately after the tragedy. He added that there was a designated refuelling area near the area of track where Mr McClorey was working, which could have been used for the transfer.

Earlier, roller driver Paul Cooper, 44, said after he stopped the digger once he had been guided into position, it rocked backwards and he then found Mr McClorey lying face down.

Paramedics and an air ambulance were sent to the site, near Knoxfauld Farm but Mr McClorey died at the scene.

The work was being carried out to create an access tracks across a hill and moor to allow the erection of giant pylons as part of Scottish and Southern Energy’s controversial Beauly to Denny powerline scheme. The inquiry is expected to close today (Friday).