Lossiemouth man killed in Speyside distillery accident

A man who was killed when he fell through the warehouse roof of a Speyside distillery on Tuesday has been named locally as Graham Sutherland from Lossiemouth.

Mr Sutherland, 58, was an employee of Caledonian Property Maintenance and lived in Elgin before moving to the Seatown area of Lossiemouth eight years ago.

He was working at the Parkmore Distillery near Dufftown when he plunged almost 20feet through a warehouse roof at the storage facility.

Police were called at around 11.40am on Tuesday morning and say that they are continuing to conduct a join investigation with the Health and Safety Executive.

A spokesman said: “There are no apparent suspicious circumstances and inquiries are ongoing to find out the full set of circumstances surrounding the death.”

Parkmore Distillery no longer produces Whisky but its warehouses remained in use. The site is owned by the Edrington Group, for whom a spokesman said: “We can confirm that there was a serious incident at the Parkmore warehouse near Dufftown on Tuesday morning in which a building contractor died.

“Emergency services were called immediately but the man died at the scene. No one else was hurt.

“We are shocked and saddened by this tragic incident and our thoughts and sincere sympathies are with the man’s family.”

The spokesman added that the company are cooperating fully with the authorities and stressed the importance they place on the safety of employees and contractors.

Mr Sutherland was a former pupil at Elgin Academy. Neighbours paid tribute to him on Wednesday with one saying: “Graham was a really good neighbour – he was one of the best guys you could know, he talked to anybody and would help anybody.”

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