Forklift driver dies in accident at Denfind Stone

A forklift driver at Denfind Stone near Dundee died of his injuries when the forklift was involved in an accident this month. No other vehicles are believed to have been involved.

Tayside Police have named the man as 32-year-old Scott John Gunning of Ballater Place, Dundee.

The accident happened at about 11.20am on Tuesday, 2 October at Denfind Stone, where Scott was employed.

Emergency services attended and treated the injured man, but he was pronounced dead shortly after midday.

The Health, Safety, Ethical & Environmental Executive attended the scene and will report their findings to the Procurator Fiscal, who deals with prosecutions in Scotland, in due course.

Paul Burgess of the Health, Safety, Ethical & Environmental Executive in the area, told NSS it was too early to say what had happened. The machine would be investigated to determine if there were any mechanical faults or maintenance issues. He said it seemed the forklift had been carrying stone at the time of the accident.

Denfind Stone were established with assistance from Business Gateway at Denfind Farm, Monikie, in 2004. The business is run by Brian Binnie.

They were not quarrying stone, but processing what had been discarded as waste from an Angus sandstone quarry when it was operated 100 years ago.

They began by supplying dykers, builders and landscape gardeners with flat bedded stone that was ideal for dry stone dyking - they became corporate members of the Dry Stone Walling Association.

As the business has grown they have expanded their product range to include different grades of dyking stone and the supply of natural stone cladding for new builds and extensions to existing properties, investing in a stone guillotine from Italy.