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Six-figures for family of worker killed in garage accident

Posted in: Workplace Injuries 

The family of a man who died while working at a garage has received a six-figure sum in compensation. Stevie Conway was working in a chemical tank at the Diamond Wheels Tech site in Dundee’s Baird Avenue when the accident happened in 2011. Mr Conway’s partner, Angela Garthley, launched legal action against the firm following his death. She claimed that the firm had been negligent and that the accident could easily have been prevented.

The case was meant to go to the Court of Session in Edinburgh last Friday, (5 November) but an agreement was reached out-of-court. A lawyer confirmed that the case was settled, but the exact amount provided in compensation could not be disclosed.

“One in a million guy”

The accident happened on 18 August 2011 when Mr Conway collapsed at the garage. Colleagues immediately contacted emergency services, and the 33-year-old was rushed to Ninewells Hospital. Staff were unable to save him.

It was found during a Health and Safety Executive investigation that a special container used to store acid for cleaning alloy wheels was stored on the premises. The garage was cordoned off and a nearby nursery was told to close all windows and doors. Doctors are not certain, however, that this could have played a part in Mr Conway’s death.

Friends paid tributes to the “one in a million guy” following his death.

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