HSE finishes investigation of Graham site death

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has completed its investigation of the death of a subcontractor working on a Scottish hospital site overseen by Graham.

The 51-year-old man, who has not been publicly identified, suffered head injuries while working on the Baird Family Hospital in Aberdeen on 18 January. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The HSE has submitted a confidential report on the incident to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), Scotland’s prosecution service and death-investigation authority.

A COPFS spokesperson said: “The investigation is ongoing and the family will continue to be kept updated in relation to any significant developments.”

The report is being considered by the Crown’s Health and Safety Investigation Unit, which leads the prosecution of health and safety cases in Scotland. The body is responsible for investigating complex work-related deaths and provides advice to enforcing authorities at all stages of investigation.

The Baird Family Hospital will bring maternity, neonatal, reproductive medicine, breast and gynaecology care under one roof. It will replace Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, which will be demolished once the new building is operational.

The hospital was due to open in 2020 but has been beset with delays, which project bosses have attributed to Brexit and Covid. Updated opening dates have not been released. The project is currently undergoing design changes.

Graham signed a £161m construction contract in 2020 to build the hospital, as well as a haematology, oncology and radiotherapy unit, to be called the ANCHOR Centre. The cost of the builds has since risen by £100m to £261m.

Graham declined to comment.

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