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Firm fined after boy, 12, crushed to death by power line pole

Keiran Esquierdo, 12. Credit: Police Scotland

A firm responsible for the delivery of telegraph poles to works sites has been fined following an error which resulted in the death of a 12-year-old schoolboy from Kirkconnel.

Keiran Esquierdo had been playing near the Mill Hill Medical Centre when a pole broke loose, rolled down a bank and crushed him on 15 October 2017.

Dumfries Sheriff Court heard how the poles had been delivered to the wrong site. Emergency services had responded after the alert was raised by his friends but the youngster died at the scene.

SPIE Limited admitted failing to provide necessary instruction and training on the delivery and storage of poles. The firm was fined £160,000 on Monday for breaching health and safety laws.

Sheriff Brian Mohan at Dumfries said: “It was a tragic error not lessened by the fact that a combination of circumstances led to this death of a young boy on a Sunday afternoon when he was out playing with friends.”

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In a statement, Keiran's family said: "He was a beautiful, fun and popular boy and we will continue to remember him, his laugh and the good times," they said.

"For the last two years we've waited for answers and justice as we couldn't heal and start to think of the future without a conclusion to the past.

"Now that it's resolved we hope companies learn from our loss so other families - and also their employees - are spared the pain of having to cope with a death like this."