Edrington ‘shocked and saddened’ by whisky worker’s death

By Ben BOUCKLEY contact

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The Famous Grouse is one of Edrington's most famous brands (Image: Paul Watson/Flickr)
The Famous Grouse is one of Edrington's most famous brands (Image: Paul Watson/Flickr)

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Edrington says it is ‘shocked and saddened’ after a 58 year-old maintenance worker died after falling through the roof of a whisky maturing warehouse at Scotland’s Parkmore Distillery.

The man fell to his death on Tuesday morning while carrying out maintenance work on the warehouse roof; according to Scotland’s STV he worked for third-party contractor Caledonia Property Maintenance.

Edrington – whose brands include The Famous Grouse, The Macallan and Brugal – owns the Speyside distillery near Dufftown, where whisky hasn’t been produced since 1931 due to problems with the water source, although the site is still used for warehousing.

An Edrington spokewoman told this website: “We can confirm there was a serious incident at the Parkmore warehouses near Dufftown in which a building contractor died.

“Emergency services were called immediately, but the man died at the scene,”​ she added.

“The safety of our employees and the contractors who work with us is paramount to Edrington and we are co-operating fully with the relevant authorities as they continue their investigations,”​ Edrington spokeswoman

The spokeswoman said that Edrington was “shocked and saddened by this tragic incident and our thoughts and sincere sympathies are with the man’s family”.

“The safety of our employees and the contractors who work with us is paramount to Edrington and we are co-operating fully with the relevant authorities as they continue their investigations,”​ she said, noting inquiries by the police and a Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigation was ongoing.

A Police Scotland spokesman said last Thursday that there were no apparent suspicious circumstances as officers pursued inquiries.

In the event of workplace deaths the HSE will investigate and, where appropriate, prosecute breaches of health and safety law.

The police will only conduct a full investigation if there is an indication of manslaughter (corporate or individual) or a criminal offense other than a health and safety offense.

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