Charges to answer over Falkirk dad’s death

Scott Harrower
Scott Harrower

Police in Manchester have confirmed criminal charges will be brought in connection with the death of a Falkirk workman who fell from a roof.

Scott Harrower, of Maddiston, died on January 21 last year as a result of the serious head injuries he sustained a day earlier plunging 25 feet to the ground at a building site in Stockport.

The 42-year-old father of two was the second workman injured that day. Just hours earlier a 45-year-old, also from the Falkirk district, was badly hurt after falling from the same roof.

Now a year on, coroner’s officer Bob Makin told The Falkirk Herald Mr Harrower’s inquest, which opened in Manchester on April 30 last year, had been adjourned on January 8 pending Health and Safety Executive and police prosecutions.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police stated this week that criminal proceedings were “imminent”, but would not reveal the charges or who was going to face them.

At the time of the incident Mr Harrower’s family, including son Justin, who was by his dad’s side when he died in hospital, said they could not begin to grieve for him until they found out what happened.

Mr Harrower’s sister Carla Cochrane said: “After that first fall, they should have closed things down and then done safety checks on everything before anyone went back up on that roof.”

It is understood Rochdale-based C Smith and Sons was the company contracted to carry out the demolition at the Stockport site when the incident happened.