Rangers fan died falling in front of bin lorry and being crushed under wheel

Nothing could have been done to prevent the death of a “hero” Rangers fan who died in a freak accident after falling under the wheels of his own bin lorry, a judge has ruled.

Council worker Robert McMillan, from Hamilton, died at around 10.20am on Thursday 17 January 2019.

Now in a fatal accident inquiry ruling from Sheriff Daniel Kelly into the dad’s tragic death has ruled that there were “no precautions which could reasonably have been taken and which might realistically have avoided the death”.

The 55-year-old died of choking after becoming trapped under the front nearside wheel of the 18-tonne Mercedes Econic rubbish truck. The inquiry heard that Robert’s ischaemic heart disease might have been a factor.

The 55-year-old died of choking after becoming trapped under the front nearside wheel
The 55-year-old died of choking after becoming trapped under the front nearside wheel

Sheriff Kelly wrote: “The most likely explanation to emerge from the police road traffic unit investigation, expressed most clearly by Sergeant Bell, was that some substantial medical episode occurred, resulting in Mr McMillan collapsing onto the roadway in front of the lorry and not moving as it passed over him.

The inquiry concluded that Mr McMillan’s heart problems may have caused him to collapse, leading to the accident, reports the Daily Record[1].

“It may be concluded, therefore, that Mr McMillan has fallen to the roadway in front of the lorry, likely having collapsed. In the short time that Mr McMillan walked down the nearside of the lorry, in front of it and collapsed, the collision investigators concluded that it was possible for him to have done that without the driver having seen him.”

“Mr McMillan would have been lifeless on the roadway as the lorry passed over him,” he added, “resulting in him coming under its front nearside wheel, which has resulted in his death.”

He continued: “Ultimately, while no definitive answer emerged from the evidence as to why Mr McMillan came to be placed where he was, the witnesses at the hearing were at one in ruling out that any precaution should have been taken or that any recommendation be made.

“I, therefore, make no findings as to precautions and make no recommendations.

“Finally, I extend my sincere condolences to the family of Mr McMillan.”

The Rangers fan is survived by wife Lesley, daughter Lauren, and his mother, brother and two sisters.

Following his death, heartbroken daughter Lauren paid tribute to her “hero” dad and described losing him as “the hardest day”.

She wrote on social media at the time: “I never ever thought I would have to write this not today at least.

“Today has now become my hardest day to live, as my dad has passed away due to an accident at work.

“My best friend, hero, and most of all daddy is gone, and knowing I’m never going to see him again is breaking me to pieces.

“Dad I promise I’ll do everything I can to make you stay proud of me, and do everything we planned to do.

“I will miss you, daddy. Forever your princess.”

South Lanarkshire Council roads boss, Michael McGlynn, said everyone associated with the local authority was “deeply saddened at the death of our colleague”.

References

  1. ^ Daily Record (www.dailyrecord.co.uk)