Transco Faces Charges Related To Gas Explosion

Transco is to be prosecuted over the deaths of four members of the same family in a gas explosion more than two years ago, said the Crown Office in a statement. Andrew Findlay, 34, wife Janette, 36, and their children Stacey, 13, and Daryl, 11, died following the blast at their home in Carlisle Road, Larkhall, Lanarkshire, on December 22, 1999.Proceedings will be taken in the High Court on a charge of culpable homicide with a contravention of Section 3 and 33 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 as an alternative, the Crown Office said. A trial date has yet to be fixed. The decision to prosecute follows months of investigation by the legal authorities. The Health and Safety Executive submitted its report into the blast to the procurator fiscal in September 2000.

After carrying out its own investigations, the fiscal's office in Hamilton instructed Strathclyde Police in February 2001 to carry out further inquiries into the circumstances leading up to the explosion. A team of police officers drawn from the Fraud and Serious Crime Squads of Strathclyde Police interviewed many witnesses from across the country.

In July 2001, the results of these investigations were reported to the procurator fiscal's office, which submitted detailed reports to the Crown Office in August and September 2001. A final report was called for by the Crown, following which the decision was taken to bring charges. The Crown Office said relatives had been fully informed of all developments throughout the various stages of the inquiry by the procurator fiscal's office.