UK: Boy's headstone death 'could have been prevented'

Police incident at Craigton cemetery Cardonald Glasgow

The death of an eight year-old boy who was hit by a headstone in a cemetery could have been prevented, a sheriff has ruled. Ciaran Williamson was critically injured in Craigton Cemetery in Cardonald, Glasgow, on 26 May 2015. A Fatal Accident Inquiry concluded Glasgow City Council did not have "an active system of inspection to ensure the safety and stability of memorials".

Sheriff Linda Ruxton ruled that the absence of a safety inspection system for memorials in Glasgow cemeteries and, in particular, Craigton Cemetery was "a defect in Glasgow City Council's system of working which contributed to Ciaran's death and the accident resulting in his death".

The FAI also concluded that repairs to the perimeter wall, so that there was not a convenient but unauthorised access point, was a "reasonable precaution whereby Ciaran's death and the accident resulting in his death might have been avoided".

The sheriff also said hand inspections at various heights on the memorial, which fell on Ciaran, to test for movements would also have been a "reasonable precaution whereby Ciaran's death and the accident resulting in his death might have been avoided".

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