HeadLine: DIY DAD KILLED FIXING TV AERIAL
Daily Record, 11/04/1998, p21
by SHAUN MILNE
A father of four plunged 20 feet to his death while fixing a TV aerial.
Alan Fleming, 47, was doing the job as a favour for a pal.
And police suspected he suffered a heart attack moments before he fell.
Horrified passers-by dialled 999, and paramedics raced to the house in
Balfour Street, Bannockburn, near Stirling.
But their efforts to revive him were in vain.
Jobless Mr Fleming, from Wallace Street, Bannockburn, was doing the
work for friend Alistair Kinnell.
Alistair, 60, who runs a holiday firm in Livingston, West Lothian, said
yesterday: “I still can’t believe it.
“My wife and I hardly slept last night. We are really, really upset
about it. He’d done odd jobs for me before, and he said he’d have a
look at the aerial the next time he was passing.
“I saw him arrive, but he hadn’t been up there a minute when he came
Mr Fleming and his wife, Anne, celebrated their silver wedding
anniversary last year with children Elizabeth, 24, Sylvia, 23, Andrew,
20, and Emma, 15.
Andrew said a post mortem would be carried out over the weekend to
establish the cause of death.
He added: “We think he might have had a heart attack, but we are going
to have to wait to find out.”
“He didn’t have any heart problems as far as I know, but his father
did. He died a couple of months ago from a heart attack.
“Dad would do anything for anybody, and he had a good word for everyone.
“The phone has hardly stopped ringing since this happened.”
Daughter Elizabeth’s partner Billy Baff, 28, said: “Alan was just doing
a favour. He did that sort of thing all the time.”
Officials of the Health and Safety Executive visited the scene and
examined Mr Fleming’s ladders.
On Tuesday, 66-year-old John Mathieson was killed while trying to
rewire the lighting system in the loft of his home in Clarkston,
On Wednesday, Consumer Affairs Minister Nigel Griffiths launched a
guide to safer DIY.
It followed figures which showed DIY deaths reaching 70 a year, with
250,000 other people injured.
Griffiths branded the accidents statistics as “appalling”.
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